Dispute resolution in Ukraine

Aequo

Aequo's sizeable litigation and arbitration practice has been strengthened by extensive recruitment at associate level. The team's work encompasses high-profile and politically sensitive matters, as well as general commercial litigation. It handles investment treaty cases relating to the expropriation of assets in Crimea, as well as precedent-setting cases in the Supreme Court and at all levels of the commercial, civil and administrative courts. Denis Lysenko and Oleksandr Mamunya are the co-heads of the dispute resolution practice, while newly promoted parter Pavlo Byelousov leads on international arbitration and cross-border litigation. Counsel Myroslava Savchuk has expertise in tax disputes and disputes involving state authorities.

Practice head(s):

Denis Lysenko; Oleksandr Mamunya; Pavlo Byelousov

Testimonials

I strongly recommend Aequo.

They have a solid professional background and the necessary skills to successfully protect clients’ interests in court as well as out of court.

Aequo’s team definitely stands out for its high-profile lawyers. Most of them have international education, an extensive legal background and excellent professional skills. Besides that, they provide prefect communication with the client, with timely and comprehensive feedback and follow-ups.

I can especially recommend counsel Yevgen Levitskyi and associate Yevgen Goncharenko.

They have experience in the field, and a perfectly integrated team with different capabilities. The team takes full ownership of the task and saves customers time.

They are very smart, humble and pragmatic attorneys. I would like to mention the following features of Aequo: a results-oriented approach; added value by being able to negotiate a settlement with opponents; easily going the extra mile in advising on potential matters.

Pavlo Byelousov is a result-oriented litigator and always suggests the most optimal solutions to achieve the client’s needs.

Pavlo Byelousov demonstrated excellent negotiation skills thoughout settlement negotiations which resulted in a debt payment.’

‘Roman Hryshyn-Hryshchuk is very responsive and good-quality lawyer.’

‘Ksenia Koriukalova is an experienced attorney.’

Key clients

Naftogaz of Ukraine

Studio Pilot

Sparebank 1 Nord-Norge

Tinwestplus

Forbes

Pilot Group

Ukrgasvydobuvannya

Olympic Entertainment

Stantis Limited

Dragon Capital

Work highlights

  • Representing Naftogaz of Ukraine and its subsidiaries in a series of politically sensitive investment disputes over the expropriation of the Naftogaz group’s assets in Crimea.
  • Representing Ukrgasvydobuvannya in an SCC arbitration regarding the termination of a unique joint activity agreement on oil and gas production.
  • Acting for Pilot Group’s TV production companies in a dispute over the repossession of misappropriated funds.

ARBITRADE

ARBITRADE is 'well known in Ukraine because of its depth and its client-oriented approach'. The firm is frequently involved in investment arbitration disputes and it also has extensive experience in agricultural commodities arbitrations under GAFTA rules. Managing partner Pavlo Trytenichenko leads on litigation while partner Andriy Shulga is head of the international arbitration practice. Of counsel Yuliya Chernykh, who is one of only two Ukrainian practitioners to be granted the highest qualification of Chartered Arbitrator by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, is highly regarded for commercial and investment arbitration. Counsel Anastasiya Grenyuk is also recommended for international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Pavlo Trytenichenko; Andriy Shulga

Testimonials

The dispute resolution practice of ARBITRADE is well known in Ukraine because of its depth and its client-oriented approach. ARBITRADE’s management team is always focusing on the best result for their clients. And that feeling is always behind you when ARBITRADE is on your side.

Pavlo Trytenichenko has built a deep expertise in litigation processes in Ukraine since its independence in 1991. Andriy Shulga is always ready to make fast and efficient decisions in relation to all difficult questions when he is asked for help. Yuliya Chernykh is a unique individual with strong expertise in international arbitration and trade.

Key clients

Bunge SA (Switzerland)

Cantarell Trading Limited (Cyprus)

State Enterprise “Novator” (Ukraine)

Astarta group of companies (Ukraine)

DSV Logistics (Ukraine), DSV LOGISTICS group of companies (Lithuania)

COFACE (Netherlands)

Innavante LLC (USA)

PJSC “State Food and Grain Corporation of Ukraine” (Ukraine)

Adama Ukraine

EFKO group of companies (Russia)

The Chess Federation of Ukraine (Ukraine)

Ancor Investments Limited (Cyprus)

Asters

Asters' sizeable team has specialisms in a range of different areas: Oleksiy Didkovskiy, Serhii Sviriba and Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi are co-heads of the international arbitration and cross-border litigation group, while Gleb Bialyi and Andriy Pozhidayev lead on domestic litigation. The firm is praise for its 'strength in depth, real expertise in international disputes, and very hardworking and committed lawyers who are great team players'. The team handles complex cases for a host of blue-chip clients, among which are Privatbank, Teva, Syngenta and Société Générale. Oleksii Reznikov left the firm for a position in government.

Practice head(s):

Oleksiy Didkovskiy; Serhii Sviriba; Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi; Gleb Bialyi; Andriy Pozhidayev

Testimonials

The firm has strength in depth, real expertise in international disputes, and very hardworking and committed lawyers who are great team players.’

Oleksiy Didkovskiy and Svitlana Chepurna and associate: Oksana Legka are very accomplished and sophisticated lawyers who provide consistently excellent work. The firm is top of the market in Ukraine.

Asters has proven itself to possess remarkable knowledge and expertise in a large numbers of areas. They are always available to provide their services in a timely manner.

Dmytro Shemelin, Svitlana Chepurna and Gabriel Aslanian are knowledgeable and able to advise and find solutions. Oleksiy Didovskiy co-ordinates and supervises effectively.

Asters’ team provided exceptional and balanced advice within an international investment dispute in Ukraine. They demonstrated deep and detailed knowledge of the procedure and practical aspects of the pre-arbitration negotiation procedure and were instrumental in building the position of the company within the negotiations.

Markiyan Kliuchkovskyi and senior associate Oleksandr Volkov have a reasonable approach to billing with a tailor-made and client-oriented approach.

Asters is the best legal team to create a valuable strategy and win a complicated case. They proved to be a reliable local partner for our international legal team. They will investigate every detail, all counterparties’ strengths and weaknesses, and analyse the case, staying three steps ahead. They are very efficient in communicating and planning.

Andrey Pozhydayev is the smartest and the most intelligent lawyer with a wide range of business connections.

Oleg Lazovskiy is a strategist who gets things done.

Key clients

Privatbank

Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd

EuroChem

Irish Bank Resolution Corporation Limited (IBRC)

Silkway Airlines

Bentec GmbH Drilling & Oilfield Systems

Syngenta

Societe Generale

Avgust

Tidewater Marine

Oschadbank (State Savings Bank of Ukraine)

KVV Group

Work highlights

  • Acting as local Ukrainian legal counsel for Ukraine in a $3bn eurobond dispute with Russia.
  • Acted as local Ukrainian counsel to Oschadbank in connection with its claim against the Russian Federation for recovery of compensation as a result of the total loss of its investments in Crimea.
  • Successfully defended the interests of Privatbank in a dispute with Pivdenmedbiosintez Design and Survey Institute before the Commercial Cassation Court of the Supreme Court.

EnGarde Attorneys at Law

EnGarde Attorneys at Law is known for its strength in both domestic and cross-border litigation and international commercial and investment arbitration, as well as public international law. The firm is frequently involved in high-profile and high-value cases in the agriculture, construction, oil and gas, energy, metallurgy, banking and finance, telecoms, international trade and mass-media sectors, and is noted for its blue-chip domestic client base. Irina Nazarova and Andriy Vyshnevsky, who head the practice, and Dmytro Donenko have expertise in cross-border disputes.

Practice head(s):

Irina Nazarova; Andriy Vyshnevsky

Key clients

Smart Holding

The State of Ukraine

Work highlights

  • Represented a group of clients in Pechersk District Court of Kyiv in a case initiated by the state-owned and managed Deposit Guarantee Fund of Ukraine in respect of the responsibility of Bank Forum’s senior officers in regard to the bank’s liquidation.
  • Acting on behalf of the state of Ukraine as respondent in an ICSID arbitration initiated by Emergofin and Velbay Holdings under the Ukraine-Netherlands bilateral investment treaty.

Ilyashev & Partners

Ilyashev & Partners is 'known all over Ukraine as the best in dispute resolution'. The firm has particular strength in commercial litigation, criminal matters and international arbitration, as well as handling cases in niche areas such as aviation and maritime law. Managing partner Mikhail Ilyashev is 'the best lawyer and litigator in the market by far, a fearless advocate who will jump into the fire for you'. Key partner Roman Marchenko is 'a true leader and fighter', with expertise in asset recovery cases. Counsel Oleg Trokhimchuk is also recommended for his experience in energy disputes. Antonov, ArcelorMittal and Bunge are among the team's key clients.

Practice head(s):

Mikhail Ilyashev; Roman Marchenko

Testimonials

‘The team is known all over Ukraine as the best in dispute resolution.

In my view, Mikhail Ilyashev is the best lawyer and litigator in the market by far. He is the type of guy you enjoy working with because he acts responsibly. He is a very good negotiator and a fearless advocate who will jump into the fire for you. I respect him very much. Quite frankly, he has been doing an excellent job. I cannot find anyone else who compares to him in court hearings.

It has the best attorneys in the country. They are very pleasant in their communication and their work, and they fulfil their tasks incredibly professionally and promptly.

Mikhail Ilyashev and Roman Marchenko are the most famous lawyers in the country. To work with them is an honour for me; there is no better defence counsel in the courts.

They have many specialists with a deep understanding of commercial realities and industry experience.

Roman Marchencko is a true leader and fighter. He always brings the matter to the end and achieves the right result.

I think of them first when somebody asks for my recommendation of a law firm in Ukraine. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them for any matter. What impresses me with Ilyashev & Partners is that they have a strong personal commitment to their profession. The key for me is their ability to develop strategies. They produce a high-quality work product.

Roman Marchenko is a clear leader in Ukraine for cross-border insolvency situations. As far as I know, nobody does the same amount of high-value projects as he does. Roman is very responsive in both taking calls and providing timely answers. He never misses a deadline or fails to uncover a strategic point.

Oleg Trokhimchuk is a highly intelligent and very capable advocate. He is very active and focused on his arguments in defending a case.

Ilyashev & Partners provides the best representation you can have in Ukraine. It’s a first-class dispute resolution team, the best in international arbitration and in the local courts. They’re real legends in this field.

Mikhail Ilyashev is the best litigator I have ever worked with. He has a wealth of knowledge and a very convincing track record, he is always a winner. Mikhail has an extraordinary ability to see the nuances and to persuade. He is strategically very sophisticated and creative.

Mykola Burtovyi has been very helpful, he has been a great resource for us. He foresaw what was required and steered the case well.

It’s a fantastic team to work with – they’re very client-focused, commercially minded, and get things done. A distinctive feature of Ilyashev & Partners’ work is its high level of professionalism, the organisation of the company’s employees and honesty. We sincerely recommend Ilyashev & Partners as dedicated, professional and effective specialists.

Roman Marchenko and Mikhail Ilyashev are superstars in dispute resolution.

Roman Marchenko is very hands-on and a strong leader. He always manages to structure deals well and maintains the highest quality. He really focuses on the interests of his client while remaining deal-driven.

Mikhail Ilyashev is very creative and co-operative – the smartest lawyer I know. He understands both the legal details and the commercial nuances of matters.

The most famous team in the country. Their projects are constantly in the media. We are pleased to be clients of such a well-known firm and we like the attention paid to our issues. We may not be the largest customer in this company, but we always feel that all the necessary attention is being paid to our issues.

Roman Marchenko has a reputation as the best litigator in the country, he is a really great strategist. Roman quickly analyses tasks and makes decisions. He has a large team of attorneys – not only in Kiev, but also in other regions of Ukraine, with a very convenient network of offices in the regions.

Roman Marchenko is a brilliant litigator. Mr Marchenko is dedicated, smart, extremely hardworking and honest. For me Ilyashev & Partners really stands out in the market for its high level of availability and responsiveness and excellent understanding of our business. Roman has a huge reputation as a top-class attorney, a highly skilled drafter and negotiator. He has remarkable analytical skills combined with commercial insight.

Oleg Trokhimchuk brings us reliable and quick support and legal advice. He is a professional and skilful litigator, very sharp and to-the-point.

Mikhail Ilyashev has excellent expertise and broad experience. Mikhail is probably the best litigation expert in Ukraine. He always gives constructive advice, with solid alternative options along the way. We admire his in-depth knowledge, faultless document preparation, strong negotiation skills and responsiveness.

Key clients

SE Antonov

Alfa Group

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih

BTA Bank

Bunge SA

COFCO SA

CRH Ukraine

Credit Dnepr Bank

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Dyckerhoff Cement Ukraine

Ferrexpo AG

Group DF

HeidelbergCement Ukraine

Ivano-Frankivskcement

JKX Oil & Gas Plc

JV Poltava Petroleum Company

FSC “Morye”

The Kraft Heinz Company

Karpatygaz

Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO)

Myronivsky Hliboproduct

Cherkasy Azot

Ukrrichflot

Unilever Ukraine

Ukrinterenergo

Plant 410 CA

Reikartz Hotel Management

ProCredit Bank

PZU Ukraine

Sorbes AG

SpetsTechnoExport

Xiaomi

Wargaming Group

Work highlights

  • Representing Vnesheconombank (VEB) in the Supreme Court of Ukraine in an appeal against a decision of the Kyiv Court of Appeal on the application of interim measures.
  • Representing FSC “Morye” in the European Court of Human Rights in a dispute regarding the infringement of rights of the company as a result of the illegal nationalisation of its assets in the Crimea.
  • Represented Antonov in a dispute with regard to the collection from Antonov Salis of more than $30m in fees under a charter agreement between the two.

Integrites

Integrites' sizeable team includes the highly regarded Dmytro Marchukov, who heads the cross-border litigation practice; head of international arbitration Olena Perepelynska; and head of domestic litigation Oleksandr Onishchenko. The firm is praised for its 'high standards, accuracy and diligence', as well as its 'proactive thinking and responsive approach'. The firm's growing presence in both domestic and international cases is accompanied by the expansion of its client base of large Ukrainian companies and foreign investors. Counsel Serhii Uvarov is also recommended for cross-border matters.

Practice head(s):

Name Dmytro Marchukov; Olena Perepelynska; Oleksandr Onishchenko

Testimonials

Integrites is the law firm we choose to work with in Ukraine and we are very satisfied with the service the firm provides. The high standards, accuracy and diligence with work and time frames makes the Integrites team stand out. The team is notable for its proactive thinking and responsive approach, taking steps in a timely manner and understanding the peculiarities of our business.

Associate Mykola Yerema is very responsive; his advice is always timely, clear and careful with details.

They are very serious, motivated and focused on the resolution of the problem.

Yury Sivovna is exceptional at what he is doing. He is very analytical in his job. He communicates very kindly and clearly with his clients. The satisfaction and legal safety and coverage of his client are his main priorities. He speaks English fluently and can attract foreigners who expect this kind of high-level legal service.

The team is always acting in the best interests of the client, seeking to secure a proactive, time-efficient and results-oriented outcome in each case. The team is up-to-date as regards developments in their area of practice and able to successfully handle high-profile, complex, multi-jurisdictional matters in an efficient manner.

Dmytro Marchukov and Serhii Uvarov are very responsive, organised, polite and ready to provide assistance on any matter, however complex, at any time. We couldn’t have wished for a better team. They always tried to achieve the best outcome for the client and were always one step ahead.

Serhii Uvarov is definitely a rising star who is involved in both litigation and arbitration. He is a name to remember.’

‘Dmytro Marchukov is vastly experienced and thinks outside the box.

Olena Perepelynska is very active in the arbitration practice and has achieved a lot. She is well known and appreciated by her peers.

Integrites has a team of professionals with extensive practical experience.

I want to note their personal approach to the project and the client, as well as their punctuality in the implementation of the stages of the project and subsequent support in resolving various issues of a legal nature.

Integrites is a dynamic Ukrainian law firm with an expanding presence in undertaking significant arbitral and international disputes work.

Dmytro Marchukov and Serhii Uvarov are both superb. They are client-focused and results-orientated. Their analysis and the quality of their written work was outstanding.

It is a team of true professionals who are different from others with deep legal knowledge, years of experience and honesty. The team always thoroughly studies all the circumstances of the case and uses all possible legal remedies for the clients.

Olena Perepelynska and Krystyna Khripkova are true professionals and excellent lawyers. They are different from other lawyers in their honesty and high level of professionalism. They always show clients all possible options and speak honestly about the potential difficulties and consequences of possible solutions. They are very attentive to all the details and take into account the client’s wishes in their work.

From the very beginning they impressed us with how approachable and easy to deal with they were, their no-nonsense advice on what could be achieved, creativity in devising strategy, the speed with which they responded and assembled a team, excellent service and reasonable approach to pricing. I would not hesitate to recommend them to anyone who needs to navigate Ukraine’s complex landscape.

The team Integrites assembled on our case was excellent. Despite being made up of relatively young professionals, they were knowledgeable, hardworking and approachable.’

‘One cannot help immediately noticing Serhiy Uvarov’s thorough grasp of the law and meticulous analysis of issues at hand.’

‘Dmytro Marchukov stands out with his eagerness to help and creativity in developing practical and commercially sensible solutions.’

‘Associates Oksana Riabinina and Khrystyna Shyposha are excellent.

Very professional, responsive and solid legal analysis. Certainly among the leading disputes firms in Ukraine.

Serhii Uvarov is particularly solid and responsive.

Integrites’ arbitration practice has quite unique capabilities for the local market. They have leading CIS arbitration practitioners on board and offices in Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan. This combination makes them a perfect choice for arbitrations in the CIS arbitral institutions or involving CIS parties. They have an impressive track record of acting as lead counsel in all major CIS and international arbitration centres.

Olena Perepelynska is definitely the best arbitration practitioner on the Ukrainian market with very good negotiation skills and strategic thinking. As a client, I really appreciated her professionalism and dedication to the matter. For me it was important to receive a comprehensive estimation of all the risks of each particular step to discuss it with the company’s management and make a decision.

They are always extremely attentive to the client’s issues and provide professional advice and legal services on time. The highly professional team take on the client’s issues as their own and are very supportive throughout the case.

Oleksandr Onischenko, Oleksandr Paschenko and Yuriy Sivovna are highly professional lawyers and very supportive partners.

The team has extensive experience in dispute resolution and has in-depth knowledge. The team professionally solves all problems and always honestly presents all the possibilities to the client.

Olena Perepelynska and Krystyna Khripkova are true professionals with a thorough knowledge of their work. They are honest and tactful, they do everything for the convenience of the client and the client’s understanding of all the circumstances of the case. They are open to dialogue and always hear and take their clients’ opinions into account. I think they are an example of how a law firm should work. I have not met another team with such characteristics.

Key clients

SE NPC “Ukrenergo”

Flooring Industries Ltd. S.A.R.L.

Moston Properties Limited (UK)

Ferrero Ukraine

Syvash Energo Prom LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Ukrenergo in an investment arbitration against Russia over the assets expropriated in Crimea the following annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014.
  • Representing SyvashEnergoProm (part of NBT) in a highly complex dispute involving various large players in the Ukrainian energy market.
  • Acted for Flooring Industries in a multimillion-dollar dispute with Korostenskyy MDF Plant arising out of a long-term licensing agreement.

Kinstellar

Kinstellar has secured its position as one of the leading firms for cross-border and domestic litigation and arbitration, with an impressive track record in handling landmark disputes for both Ukrainian and foreign clients. Its varied caseload includes international commercial litigation, post-M&A and shareholders’ disputes, investment disputes, debt collection litigation, bankruptcy and insolvency matters, and administrative cases. 'Technically strong and detail-orientated' counsel Mykyta Nota and managing associate Lyudmyla Volkova are also recommended. Kostiantyn Likarchuk left the firm in 2020.

Testimonials

Kinstellar have a strong regional practice in Eastern Europe.

Mykyta Nota provides strong support. He is technically strong and detail-orientated.

Key clients

VTB Bank PJSC

Plaske SA

Galicia Distillery

lifecell

Diatom

Plaske SA

GIZ UA

National Private Air Transport Services Company

Wizz Air

Work highlights

  • Representing a minority shareholder of a large Ukrainian agricultural company in ICC arbitral proceedings seated in London.
  • Representing a Ukrainian high-net-worth individual in a $200m LCIA arbitration in connection with a post-M&A dispute.
  • Representing an investment company in a $20m dispute in connection with fraudulent misappropriation of assets committed by former business partners in a number of jurisdictions.

LCF Law Group

LCF Law Group advises domestic and international banks and financial companies, corporations and individuals in complex and highly specialised disputes in the areas of market securities, financial services and insurance, and disputes with regulators regarding licensing and professional activity. Managing partner Anna Ogrenchuk, who leads the Ukrainian Bar Association's Committee on Procedural Law, is highly regarded for representing domestic and international businesses, banks and financial companies, and senior partner Artem Stoyanov, now vice president of the Ukrainian Bar Association, is a standout performer in banking and finance, restructuring and insolvency cases. Counsel and 'smart strategistYulia Atamanova is also recommended.

Practice head(s):

Anna Ogrenchuk; Artem Stoyanov

Testimonials

I always have been pleased with our co-operation with LCF. Over the last few years, LCF has defended our interests in complex labour disputes and also in disputes with banks regarding debt collection. We can confirm the highest levels of qualification of the team and the deep expertise of its lawyers.

LCF plays an important role in the development of law in Ukraine.

The LCF team is extremely competent and very experienced in any legal matters. That is why we have been co-operating with LCF for many years.

I co-operated with managing partner Anna Ogrenchuk, senior partner Artem Stoyanov and counsel Yulia Atamanova. They are professional litigators. Regarding Yulia Atamanova, she has high expertise in the dispute resolution practice and deep understanding of the pharmaceutical sector. She is a smart strategist and an excellent attorney. This comprehensive and cross-categorical knowledge in different market sectors helps them quickly find effective solutions for us.

Our firm has dealt with the LCF team in court disputes. Personally I wanted to emphasise their high level of professionalism, client orientation and deep knowledge of national law and court practice. I believe that the best results may be achieved with professionals from LCF Law Group.

It is important to mention Yulia Atamanova, who is a self confident, highly professional specialist, capable of achieving the best results for the client.

The team at LCF is excellent: the service provided is punctual, with good follow-up and monitoring. The team is really professional, knowledgeable and has extensive experience.

We have mostly worked with the counsel Yulia Atamanova, who is full of ideas, creative, inventive and responsive. We have also worked with counsel Volodymyr Lavrynovych, who proved to be a strong litigator.

The team was very professional in court. They have accomplished the tasks within the provided deadlines, and I want to emphasise the high level of communication.

Yulia Atamanova is a very qualified person with good expertise and is well informed about the nuances of current law.

The LCF Team is really highly motivated and highly qualified. They have deep knowledge and are also practical about the corporate sector.

The individuals that I’ve worked with demonstrated high standards of knowledge and corporate culture.

Key clients

Allianz Ukraine

Kyiv Guma

Universal bank

TASCOMBANK

MRIYA Agro Holding

Fozzy Group

Bunge Ukraine

AutoTrade

Ovostar Union

Ukrsotsbank (ABH Holding)

TNT Express Worldwide

Ocean Nikolaev Shipyard

Blits-Inform

Eavex Capital

Ukrftorchormet

FC In-time finance

FC Kontraktovyy Dom

Prominvestbank

Ukravtodor

VR Global Partners

Work highlights

  • Successfully assisted Mriya Agro Holding in 11 bankruptcy disputes which led to an aggregate of $800m in debts being released and the businesses returning to solvent status.
  • Acted for Mriya Agro Holding in court proceedings to have key assets returned by lenders, which allowed an investor to be found following completion of restructuring process.
  • Represented VR Global Partners in a $200m sequence of disputes with Prominvestbank over a portfolio of loans.

Lexwell & Partners

Lexwell & Partners has 'bright team with good market knowledge that is on top of the detail but without losing sight of the bigger picture'. The firm focuses on complex domestic litigation in the commercial, civil and administrative and appeal courts, as well as in the High Court of Ukraine. It also excels in cross-border litigation and international investment and commercial arbitration. Practice head Andrei Kolupaev 'always looks to achieve his client's business as well as legal goals', with particular expertise in international disputes. The practice counts ArcelorMittal, Bridgestone, DuPont and Naftogaz among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrei Kolupaev

Testimonials

A bright team with good market knowledge that is on top of the detail but without losing sight of the bigger picture.

Andrey Kolupaev is commercially focused, he always sees the whole picture and looks to achieve his client’s business as well as legal goals.

There is attention to each single detail of the case, so at the end they know the case much better than the client.

They study issues from different angles, and go deeply into details. They are skilled in various business areas and are ready to provide answers with the shortest deadline.

They do a deep study of the issue and of internal business processes to provide clear and adequate options.

My organisation has around ten years’ experience of working with Lexwell & Partners. From my point of view, the firm always provides its clients with deep and comprehensive analyses of the cases and suggest few possible effective strategies which in our case always worked positively for us.

The main difference I feel is the strong customer focus of Lexwell & Partners, which allows it to deliver a higher-quality service. I would say it delivers exactly what the client needs.

Andrei Kolupaev, Igor Nagai, Olena Tregubova and Zhanna Goriacha have a client-oriented and proactive approach, a high level of professionalism and the ability to find non-routine solutions for clients.

The team at Lexwell & Partners has a wide array of skills, not least their excellent ability to traverse the complicated world of Ukrainian public procurement regulations. They have been most helpful in this regard over the course of a number of years. Zhanna Goriacha, in particular, is excellent.

Andrei Kolupaev has excellent understanding of Ukrainian law and policy as well as first-rate international arbitration knowledge. He is very good with international counsel and clients alike.

Zhanna Goriacha is very responsive, diligent and organised with excellent coverage of Ukrainian public procurement regulations.

I consider this team to be a very professional and successful. They are very focused and attentive to details. They met all our expectations and are able to provide efficient solutions in each specific case.

I work primarily with Andrei Kolupaev, who ensures the top quality of the services provided. In comparison with competitors, his advice seems very effective and right to the point. He is a very focused and smart professional.

The team is very strong. It demonstrates deep expertise and provides the best results. A holistic and business-oriented approach is the team’s strength and key capability.

Andrei Kolupaev and Igor Nagai are very good professionals. Both provide top qualities and the best value due to their deep expertise and holistic approach.

Lexwell & Partners has a highly qualified team with strong potential, strategic experience and cohesive professionals focused on their clients’ business objectives. To my opinion, their key strengths are the quality of their product and a proactive approach.

My main contact is Andrei Kolupaev, who leads his team. I have a very positive impression of him and like the high-end quality of the professional product he and his team produce.

High quality, strong expertise and a client-oriented approach are the strengths of the firm. I believe their performance is really good in terms of value for money.

My main contact is Andrei Kolupaev. He stands out for the top quality of his legal expertise, strategic thinking and professional approach.

I have experience working with Lexwell & Partners for many years. In my opinion Lexwell’s main advantages are deep involvement in the peculiarities of clients’ business processes and the super-professionalism of the team led by Andrei Kolupaev.

Andrei Kolupaev is one of the greatest Ukrainian lawyers I have ever worked with. I also want to mention senior associates Igor Nagai and Zhanna Gariacha. Lexwell’s team showed excellent knowledge of the Ukrainian process of law and, what is most important, great experience in the implementation of this process during cases and court trials in Ukraine and foreign jurisdictions, including Great Britain and the US.

Key clients

ArcelorMittal

Bridgestone

CRH

DuPont

Evraz

Naftogaz

State Property Fund of Ukraine

Sumitomo

Toyota

Ukrainian Government

VS Energy

Work highlights

  • Acting as the local co-counsel representing the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice in a $5bn investment arbitration under the Energy Charter Treaty.
  • Acting as the local co-counsel representing the interests of Naftogaz in a $1bn dispute before the LCIA.
  • Acting as the local counsel representing the interests of the Government of Ukraine in a $150m investment arbitration.

Sayenko Kharenko

Sayenko Kharenko is 'well connected, very switched on and proactive' and clients note that the practice is 'very good tactically and always takes the time to understand the client’s business and potential risks'. 'Working with him really takes the pressure off', say clients of Olexander Droug, who with Sergey Pogrebnoy leads one of the largest practices in the market. Droug focuses on Ukrainian and international arbitration proceedings while Pogrebnoy leads on litigation. The team counts Prominvestbank, Philip Morris Ukraine, the State of Ukraine and VTB Bank among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Olexander Droug; Sergey Pogrebnoy

Testimonials

The firm is is well connected, very switched on and proactive.

Olexander Droug is extremely knowledgable on virtually any issue of Ukrainian law.

Sayenko Kharenko demonstrates a capacity to manage complex actions involving multiple parties and jurisdictions, as well as to act across a diverse array of sectors. They are very good tactically and always take the time to understand the client’s business and potential risks.’

Our key contacts at Sayenko Kharenko are partner Olexander Droug and counsels Volodymyr Yaremko and Vitaliy Odzhykovsky. Olexander has expertise and the experience to deal with the most complex cases, working with him really takes the pressure off. Volodymyr also has notable litigation experience with a special focus on construction disputes under FIDIC forms of contracts and in commodities arbitrations (GAFTA, FOSFA). Vitaliy is an extremely good tax litigator.

I have cooperated with the dispute resolution practice of Sayenko Kharenko for more than three years. They are reliable and professional counsel who you can trust with your most sensitive matters. The team is huge and might be described as one of the biggest on the market. They have separate partners and practices responsible for arbitration and cross-border disputes, domestic litigation, and white-collar criminal defense, as well as tax and IP matters.

I enjoy cooperation with Volodymyr Yaremko, who handles ICC arbitration matters. He is creative, fast and results focused. Olexander Droug, a partner of the arbitration practice, is a very experienced and highly professional lawyer.

Key clients

Allard Pierson Museum

Al Sagr National Insurance Co (PSC)

DF Group companies

Farmak

NEFCO

Ostchem Holding Limited

Prominvestbank

Philip Morris Ukraine

Shareholders to PJSC “Sumy NPO”

The State of Ukraine

Vents

VTB Bank (Ukraine)

Work highlights

  • Representing the State of Ukraine in a $5.4bn Energy Charter Treaty investment arbitration.
  • Representing the State of Ukraine in a $700m ICSID investment arbitration.
  • Representing VTB Bank Ukraine and Prominvestbank in court proceedings  in connection with the recognition and enforcement in Ukraine of the investment treaty award in favour of Everest Estate and 18 other award creditors against the Russian Federation.

Vasil Kisil & Partners

'The team is quite obviously and rightly regarded as top tier in Kiev', says a client of Vasil Kisil & Partners, where 'the lawyers are superb at all levels'. The firm's track record includes precedent-setting cases in the Supreme Court, as well as a diverse mix of land disputes, construction cases, post-M&A disputes and bankruptcy litigation. Managing partner Andriy Stelmashchuk leads the litigation practice, with a focus on tax litigation and white-collar crime, and is 'sharper than a surgeon's scalpel'. Oleg Kachmar leads on domestic disputes, particularly in relation to the real estate, banking and insurance, and Oleg Alyoshin is head of international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Stelmashchuk; Oleg Kachmar; Oleg Alyoshin

Testimonials

The team at VKP is quite obviously and rightly regarded as top tier in Kiev. The lawyers are superb at all levels. The team is client friendly, has a Western outlook and attitude, and combines strength and depth in all things cross-border. It has an ability to handle complex disputes in Ukraine but with a foreign law element (or foreign disputes with a Ukrainian element) with consummate ease. It is easily my “go-to” firm in Kiev for anything contentious.’

Oleg Alyoshin for arbitration and Andriy Stelmaschuk stand out as individual practitioners with whom I have worked for several years. Andriy in particular is sharper than a surgeon’s scalpel with his analysis and strategic brainpower. Alyoshin is a great thinker who values input from his instructing solicitors and takes on board all comments before invariably making the right decision. I go elsewhere only if VKP are conflicted.

Key clients

Hilton Hotel

Piraeus Bank

Mondelez Ukraine

Rost Agro

European Business Association

SCM Financial Overseas Limited

Littop Enterprises Limited, Bridgemont Ventures Limited and Bordo Management Limited

Work highlights

  • Representing the interests of the world-famous Hilton Hotel in a number of disputes regarding the construction of an office-hotel complex which is being built next door and has committed numerous violations of city-planning legislation.
  • Representing the interests of Piraeus Bank in a number of disputes regarding the collection of debt from a beneficiary of notorious construction companies on the grounds of sureties.

Arzinger

The litigation practice at Arzinger has a deep bench of lawyers with experience in tax, commercial, banking, corporate, IP, civil, criminal, administrative, labour and competition disputes, as well as debt collection. Its impressive roster of international work includes investment treaty arbitration and commercial arbitration. Sergii Shkliar, who joined from the Ministry of Justice in 2018, and Kateryna Gupalo, who has expertise in criminal and cross-border litigation, lead the practice, and up-and-coming partner Oksana Karel is highly recommended. Among their clients are Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine and Marubeni Corporation. Former practice co-head Markian Malskyy is now head of the Lviv Regional State Administration.

Practice head(s):

Sergii Shkliar; Kateryna Gupalo

Testimonials

We mostly cooperate with lawyers from the West Ukraine office of Arzinger. The reason why we have chosen Arzinger is the fact that Arzinger is the only top-ranked Ukrainian law firm represented on the regional market and the one which provides clients with high-quality legal services.

Arzinger is the company which for sure is to be approached once you deal with exceptional and sophisticated cases in your business.

Arzinger lawyers are experienced, have deep expertise and suggest creative and business-oriented solutions.

Throughout the history of activity of our company, we have approached Arzinger for several different projects and its lawyers have always provided us with the required support on the raised matters.

Natalia Anokhina, senior associate, demonstrates exceptional understanding of our business and therefore always suggests the most effective and client-oriented strategies that help us reach our goals in the most efficient way. Ms. Anokhina is the key person to rely on when the matter requires a really sophisticated and deep analytical approach.

Arzinger’s team is really client-oriented, fast and very confident in dispute resolution cases.

Arzinger’s dispute resolution team always performs above our expectations and completely meets all our needs.

‘Questions were answered by Kateryna Gupalo quickly, efficiently and conclusively without the need for clarifications, which demonstrates the excellent expertise and common understanding of clients’ and partner firms’ needs; very present in the white-collar crime and tax market as organizer and speaker at conferences, which contributes to her being on top of new developments.’ 

‘Oksana Karel is hands-on, eager to help and very responsive both as a matter of time as well as regarding the quality of the product, and is very knowledgeable.’ 

Key clients

Zeppelin International AG

CHS Ukraine, LLC

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) Ukraine, LLC / ADM Trading Ukraine, LLC

MAN Truck & Bus Ukraine, LLC

Louis Dreyfus Company Ukraine, LLC

Raiffeisen group

Porsche Ukraine, LLC

Soufflet Negoice (France)

CNBM International Energy PTE LTD (Singapore)

Marubeni Corporation (Japan)

Olicon AB (Sweden)

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Roche Ukraine, a Ukrainian subsidiary of one of the leading global pharmaceutical companies, in the process of challenging a UAH9m fine applied by the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine.
  • Representing one of the world’s leading agricultural machinery traders, Marubeni Corporation, in a $2m commercial litigation and enforcement dispute against a Ukrainian debtor due to the latter’s breach of a contract that is governed by Swiss law.
  • Representing CNBM International Energy (member of one of the largest international producers of building materials), and its Ukrainian subsidiary, Voshod Solar (a local solar power plant), in a series of commercial disputes against a Ukrainian financial company worth over $17m.

Avellum

Avellum significantly expanded its dispute resolution capability in 2018 through its merger with Aga Partners and has since built a strong standing in the market for cross-border and domestic litigation, including GAFTA/FOSFA arbitrations and family disputes. Vadim Medvedev leads the group, which handles commercial and tax litigation in the domestic courts and acts for international and local clients on debt recovery and enforcement matters. Clients appreciate the team's 'reliable and clear advice and deep understanding of Ukrainian law'. Senior associate Andriy Fortunenko is highly recommended.

Practice head(s):

Vadim Medvedev

Testimonials

Good teamwork thanks to well-prepared professionals in the various segments: partners, senior associates and associates. International trade partner Iryna Moroz has a deep understanding of legal issues, is quick to get to the point and is a pleasure to work with.

We received reliable and clear advice. Attorneys who advised us were fluent in English, which facilitated communication compared to other firms which we worked with in Ukraine. They also properly follow-up our matters.

Avellum’s team is strong in all aspects of dispute resolution. Very knowledgeable and responsive, available 24/7 and it has a truly international approach.

Andriy Fortunenko is a rising star in domestic litigation and white-collar crime. He is well-versed in the practical aspects of the process.

Vadim Medvedev is prominent in commercial and tax litigation. He is committed to non-trivial solutions for extremely complex problems. Excellent management skills and impressive availability.

Avellum combines a deep understanding of Ukrainian law with an impressive ability to explain it in clear terms to an outsider.

Mykola Stetsenko is extremely quick, thorough and has excellent judgement.

Key clients

UkrLandFarming

State Food and Grain Cooperation of Ukraine

Epicentr

Ferrit Ltd.

Mriya Agro Holding Plc.

Ferrexpo Yeristovo Mining

PJSC “Myronivsky Hliboproduct”

Caterpillar Inc.

Uber B.V.

Luxoft Eastern Europe

Jacobs Douwe Egberts Ukraine

Work highlights

  • Representing leading investment funds in the insolvency proceedings of Mriya group companies.
  • Represented UkrLandFarming in a high-profile $40m dispute with one of the major agricultural manufacturers and exporters in Ukraine.
  • Acted for UkrLandFarming and its subsidiary in two separate disputes arising from a $4.9m cargo quality claim.

Baker McKenzie, Kyiv Office

'The firm stands out for its efficiency, deep expertise and experience, as well as its client-oriented approach', say clients of Baker McKenzie, Kyiv OfficeIhor Siusel leads a sizeable practice that handles disputes both in Ukraine and worldwide, among which are complex and high-profile cross-border matters. Its recent caseload includes the pursuit of unscrupulous debtors on behalf overseas banks, the enforcement of arbitral awards, and investment disputes arising out of the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation. Senior associate Kseniia Pogruzhalska is highly recommended for commercial and administrative litigation.

Practice head(s):

Ihor Siusel

Testimonials

The firm stands out for its efficiency, deep expertise and experience, as well as its client-oriented approach.

Partner Ihor Siusel and associate Anna Boyko stand out at a very serious firm with a good reputation, teams of excellent lawyers and a professional way of achieving good results in all type of situations.

Ihor Siusel is an amazingly good lawyer, very proactive with a high level of knowledge, who provides excellent advice. His strength is the ability to apply powerful legal reasoning to commercial situations and help clients to develop  successful strategies.

Key clients

International Financial Corporation (IFC)

Work highlights

  • Advising the IFC on matters related to the $120m debt restructuring of the Mriya group of companies.

CMS

CMS has 'a "hands-on" and powerful litigation team'. Maria Orlyk, the 'competent and well organised' Olexander Martinenko and Anna Pogrebna, who specialises in tax and banking and finance litigation, lead the practice, which handles domestic and cross-border litigation as well as international arbitration. Areas of expertise include energy disputes, investment and commercial arbitrations, tax disputes, and fraud and FCPA investigations. The firm is also praised for its strength in public international law, including Energy Charter Treaty and bilateral investment treaty cases.

Practice head(s):

Maria Orlyk; Olexander Martinenko; Anna Pogrebna

Testimonials

It was our first experience of legal support in Ukraine on behalf of an international legal firm. We managed to win thanks to the CMS Kiev team despite the difficult political context in relations between Ukraine and Russia.

Both Olexander Martinenko and Oleksandr Frolov from CMS Ukraine perfectly realised the action plan. They were very strict, competent and well organised.

They have a “hands-on” and powerful litigation team that is very cooperative.

Olexander Martinenko did a great job in one of our cases.

Dentons

Dentons is 'innovative, very engaged and good at out-of-the-box-thinking'. Practice head Oleg Batyuk has 'a great business-minded approach'. He leads a sizeable team that is frequently involved in litigation and arbitration proceedings in the local market as well as in proceedings on Ukrainian legal matters in foreign jurisdictions, including the UK, US, Canada, Switzerland and Sweden. Its caseload of complex commercial litigation includes commercial real estate and product liability disputes. Counsel Oleg Kuchanskyy is also recommended for his experience representing both local and international clients.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Batyuk

Testimonials

The firm is innovative, very engaged and good at out-of-the-box-thinking.

Oleg Batyuk has a great business-minded approach.

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented a European creditor in a multi-party LCIA arbitration against a Ukrainian company which operates in the world steel market.
  • Representing the biggest creditor of a group of Ukrainian companies that operates in the global steel market in respect of its insolvency proceedings and complex debt restructuring.

DLA Piper

DLA Piper launched its dispute resolution practice in Kiev in 2016 and is has quickly carved out a prominent position in the market. Practice head Olga Vorozhbyt, who has expertise in domestic and cross-border litigation, arbitration and white-collar crime investigations, has seen the firm's roster of domestic and international clients grow quickly, and it is now increasingly involved in complex and multi-faceted disputes, both in Ukraine and internationally. Often handling parallel cross-border litigation and arbitration proceedings, the firm acts for large companies such as PwC Ukraine, Swissport and Pfizer.

Practice head(s):

Olga Vorozhbyt

Testimonials

The team has provided us with legal support in several litigation matters over several years. The advice on the next steps to take was always very clearly set out and we were kept informed on the progress of all cases.

Associate Vladyslav Danyleiko is very responsive and has great English skills, which made it easy to understand the progress of the cases and to give instructions on how to proceed.

We used their services for a local dispute and they were able to handle the case with great results, for a competitive price, and without requiring much effort on our side.

Senior associate Oleksii Gerasymchuk was helpful, with good English and he was always available.

Key clients

PWC UKRAINE

VIBER MEDIA S.A.R.L.

SWISSPORT

PFIZER

Work highlights

  • Representing PwC Ukraine in a dispute with the National Bank of Ukraine before the Ukrainian courts.
  • Successfully representing Swissport, the world’s largest provider of ground and cargo handling services, in a series of litigation proceedings in Ukraine brought by former lawyers of client.

Eterna Law

Eterna Law focuses predominantly on high-value and cross-border arbitration, though it handles a range of domestic and international litigation. Clients describe 'an energetic and imaginative firm that will try to find a solution for even the most difficult problems'. Andrey Astapov, head of international litigation Oleh Beketov, 'extremely good tacticianEugene Blinov, who has expertise in international arbitration, and head of IT disputes Aleksandr Lugovskyi are the partners in a sizeable practice. Denys Kytsenko joined from Dynasty Law Firm to add capacity to the bankruptcy and restructuring practice. The firm counts Ukrenergy Trade and BTA Bank among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Andrey Astapov; Oleh Beketov; Eugene Blinov; Aleksandr Lugovskyi

Testimonials

Eterna Law is a very professional firm with extensive experience in international litigation and arbitration.

Eugene Blinov has excellent English language skills, extensive knowledge of English law and great experience of conducting international litigation and arbitration. He is an extremely good tactician.

Eterna is one of the leading law firms in Kiev. In terms of dispute resolution, it is energetic and imaginative, and will try to find a solution for even the most difficult problems.

Eugene Blinov epitomises the way in which the firm always tries to find a solution to even the most difficult problems. Oleh Beketov is also well-respected.

Eterna Law firm has a highly professional team which demonstrates full devotion to the set task. A professional approach highlights this company among others.

We highly appreciate all the lawyers who handle our legal services. I know the team through Oleh Beketov, who is a highly competent Ukrainian lawyer with a good understanding of Western clients’ needs.

It is very responsive and does thorough legal research. Eterna has highly professional, engaged, experienced lawyers who bring that to the bear in dealing with fast-paced, complicated international litigation, often involving concepts and legal principles that might be unfamiliar to most Ukrainian lawyers, but which the team understand, deal with and respond intelligently to, notwithstanding it being not necessarily within their formal training or native language.

Both Oleh Beketov and Aleksandr Lugovski stand out for us as intelligent, responsive professionals who can make a substantive contribution to the pursuit of litigation in another jurisdiction and across multiple jurisdictions that you might think would be outside a Ukrainian-based lawyer’s comfort zone. For them it is not. They are positive contributors to the conduct of litigation and excellent intermediaries between English language jurisdiction lawyers and Ukrainian clients. If we were not working with them on a particular case for Ukrainian clients I would ask the clients if we could.

They have the strength in depth to handle large and urgent matters, with impressive responsiveness. Oleh Beketov is hugely experienced internationally and has very sound judgement. He is relentless but realistic.

Eterna Law makes a considerable contribution to the development and promotion of alternative dispute resolution in Ukraine and internationally. Eterna Law has been advising clients on transactions and disputes for over 15 years. This firm is a recognised leader among its competitors in Europe in the field of litigation in terms of both the number of successfully resolved disputes and their complexity.

The firm has built an outstanding reputation representing the state and private interests in international forums. The arbitration team has built up particular skill in multi-party arbitrations and the arbitration of corporate disputes.

Eterna Law provides us with highly qualified legal assistance for the protection of our violated rights and interests within the framework of economic justice. As a result of effective working with Eterna Law we have received professional legal assistance in all courts and reached the damages caused to our company. Eterna Law’s lawyers were able to do a quick analysis of the case at the pre-trial stage to determine the legal prospects of our business and to develop an effective strategy to further protect the interests of our company.

Andrey Astapov demonstrates high quality of work and takes a tailored approach to each particular issue.

Oleh Beketov is an effective, dynamic professional who is able to quickly and accurately provide advice on complex projects.

Key clients

Korlea Invest AS

UkrEnergy Trade

BTA Bank

DSM Nutritional Products Sp.z.o.o.

Work highlights

  • Representing Ukrenergy Trade’s interests in the VIAC arbitration proceedings commenced due to the respondents’ breach of the export contract for supply of electricity from the Burshtyn Island in Ukraine to Slovakia, Romania and Hungary.
  • Representing a client in the Supreme Court of Ukraine in the process of recognition and enforcement of a disclosure order issued by the High Court of Justice of England and Wales.
  • Representing a client in a dispute which has arisen out of a loan agreement with a Russian trader before the State Arbitrazh Court of Nizhny Novgorod in Russia.

Evris

Dispute resolution is a core practice for Evris, where Ihor Kravtsov leads a sizeable group that handles restructuring, enforcement, debt collection and bankruptcy matters for large Ukrainian banks. Its work consists of pursuing debtors in Ukraine and abroad, with recent matters involving the UK, Dubai and Cyprus, and it has been involved in a number of high-value cases. The team's debt collection and credit disputes clients are drawn from key sectors such as energy, agriculture and real estate. It is also increasingly active handling general commercial litigation for energy and agriculture companies. Serhiy Yaroshenko's arrival from Asters added expertise in international arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Ihor Kravtsov

Testimonials

Dispute resolution is a core practice at Evris. In brief, it has a team of dedicated experts with vast practical experience in solving problematic issues, and extensive analytical skills that are obtained by using professional tools to achieve the required strategical goals for a client. They focus on the benefits of the business of a client.’

Ihor Kravtsov, managing partner at Evris and head of dispute resolution, is a very experienced litigator who focuses on complicated and non-standard matters. He ensures the professional and goal-oriented approach of the whole team and strives to achieve the most efficient results for the client.

Each team member is an experienced and hardworking lawyer with the ability to find out-of-the-box solutions for the most complicated cases. The varied specialisations of the team members allow them to combine their best practices from different legislation and industry fields in order to consider all the nuances and ensure the best possible result.

Key clients

Banke Electromotive

Ukrnafta

Concorde Capital

Bank Credit Dnipro PJSC

Work highlights

  • Defended Danish company Banke Electromotive in a dispute with a Ukrainian company regarding the implementation of a contract for the development and production of an experimental model worth more than €700,000 before the International Commercial Arbitration Court.
  • Represented Ukrnafta, the largest oil company in Ukraine, in a dispute with the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine before the European Court of Human Rights regarding the rescission of 71 contracts with a total amount of $130.6m.
  • Represented Bank Credit Dnipro, a Ukrainian bank, in five debt collection disputes with a value in excess of $35m, which included court proceedings in Cyprus.

Moris Group

Moris Group is 'proactive and effective' and the lawyers are 'talented and extremely responsible'. The 'clear, direct and responsiveAndriy Savchuk, who handles disputes in the financial services, oil and gas, defence, agriculture and construction sectors, leads a sizeable group that focuses on civil litigation and commercial disputes. One key sector is banking and finance litigation, in which the firm is one of the market leaders. The practice frequently handles cases arising out of bank failures and distressed and toxic financial assets, as well as public law, debt collection, employment and real estate disputes. It is also increasingly active in international arbitration and the enforcement of arbitral awards.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Savchuk

Testimonials

The firm is attentive to details, and offers a reasonable price for excellent experts in Ukrainian law.

We appreciate the firm’s concentration on the result, great experience, and great knowledge of legislation in the banking sector.

The team is aware of a lot of practical issues and has an open-minded approach.

The team of Moris Group is proactive and effective. All of the lawyers I’ve been working with are talented and extremely responsible – they worry and live through your cases. The company has deep expertise and wide sector coverage. Also they have a perfect level of service for the client and a friendly approach.

Partner Andriy Savchuk and lawyer Ruslan Konoval are incredibly professional and have a proper commercial view. Andriy and Ruslan are available 24 hours a day, so I am sure my problems will be solved as soon as possible. Also, Andriy is highly responsive and has a strong legal background. As far as I know he has deep experience of representing clients in the Supreme Court.

I can characterise the Moris Group team as a highly involved and experienced team of like-minded people.

The litigation practice is the biggest one at the firm, but all of the litigation lawyers work as a unique mechanism. They have an impressive capability to handle difficult multi-faceted cases, and they have a clear understanding of what to do next. They always suggest the optimal decision which fits clients’ needs.

Andriy Savchuk has a deep expertise in litigation, both domestic and international. He has great experience of representing clients in the Supreme Court. Andriy’s distinguishing feature is his ability to resolve everything in time with no deadlines missed. He is clear, direct and responsive and available 24/7, which is very valuable for us.

Key clients

Persha Pryvatna Brovarnia

Imexbank

Delta bank

Hyundai Corporation

Football Association of Ukraine

Deposit Guarantee Fund

UkrLandFarming

Bombardier Transportation

Ivano-Frankivstsement

Naffco

Work highlights

  • Handling a $470m series of cases for Imexbank, one of the largest commercial banks in Ukraine.
  • Defending UkrLandFarming in relation to a $650m lawsuit involving two other large, Ukrainian farming businesses.
  • Acting for Khreschatyk in a dispute following the bank’s bankruptcy in 2016.

Pragnum

'Their level of knowledge, experience and desire to move mountains for the sake of the client is consistently high', remarks one client of litigation boutique Pragnum, as well as pointing out the firm's 'creative and goal-oriented approach'. Practice head Vitaly Bobrynev, who has expertise in commercial, economic crime and IP disputes, leads a sizeable group which protects companies from raider attacks, acts as plaintiff's counsel to large corporates, and frequently advises private clients and Ukrainian and foreign investors on the protection of assets. Commercial and tax litigation, along with malpractice suits, also feature in the team's workload.

Practice head(s):

Vitaly Bobrynev

Testimonials

The team works consistently, meeting deadlines despite the urgent nature of our tasks. Furthermore, we would like to note the high level of involvement and responsibility of this company.

We are constantly dealing with Vitaly Bobrynev and Aleksey Nekrasov and are very content with their professionalism. Their level of knowledge, experience and desire to move mountains for the sake of the client is consistently high and they approach every case in a creative and individual manner.

It has a goal-oriented approach and a strong level of expertise.

Vitaliy Bobrynev and Aleksey Nekrasov are outstanding professionals and the firm has exceptional engagement in the business processes of its clients.

Key clients

Unitek Energy AG

Castrol Ukraine/BP

Meinl Bank AG

Mandon S.A.

Titan Machinery Ukraine

Bimis LTD

National Electronic Exchange Stock

Skoda JS s.a.

KM DISTI

Shamballa Sport

Work highlights

  • Represented Unitek Energy AG in a €97.6m corporate dispute and bankruptcy procedure.
  • Represented Castrol Ukraine/BP in a €2m criminal case.
  • Represented Castrol Ukraine/BP in a bankruptcy procedure and a dispute involving its debtor Ayaks-Auto.

Alekseev, Boyarchukov & Partners

Alekseev, Boyarchukov & Partners has a deep bench of litigators who handle bankruptcy cases, debt collection and corporate restructuring, and general commercial dispute resolution. Its primary focus is on representing Ukrainian and international banks in the bankruptcy procedures of debtors and the recovery of their debts, as well as the restructuring of debtors' asset portfolios. Sergey Boyarchukov, Maksim Boyarchukov and up-and-coming partner Oleksandr Tkachuk are the standout practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Boyarchukov; Maksim Boyarchukov; Oleksandr Tkachuk

Key clients

Tutkovs’kiy Group of Companies

Sberbank PJSC

VTB Bank

Mriya Invest

Ukrsotsbank

Discovery Drilling

Luhtsentrokuz

Work highlights

  • Representing Tutkovs’kiy Group of Companies in a $1m dispute with Ukrainian Capital Bank PJSC/Ukrainian Professional Bank PJSC.
  • Representing investor Siver Bud LLC in a $1.2m dispute with Zhytloinvestbud-UKB concerning investment agreement terms and conditions violations.
  • Representing Capital Joint-Stock Commercial Bank in a $32m dispute with the National Bank of Ukraine and the Deposit Guarantee Fund.

Danevych.Law

Though the firm has a small practice consisting of managing partner Borys Danevych and associate Artem GrudininDanevych.Law is involved in high-value and complex cases for blue-chip clients in the life sciences sector, including Lilly and Teva. The firm's work includes multimillion-dollar investor-state disputes, as well as complex matters of debt collection and commercial matters in the highly regulated pharmaceuticals sector.

Practice head(s):

Borys Danevych

Key clients

Lilly

Teva

Esquires Law Firm

The lawyers at Esquires Law Firm are 'extremely knowledgeable, client-oriented and accurate on details'. The firm's commercial litigation work includes debt collection, the reclamation of property and the declaration of property rights, contractual disputes, and the protection of business reputations. It also handles a range of administrative and civil cases, as well as appeals to the European Court of Human Rights. Oleksandr Shkelebey is the lead partner.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Shkelebey

Testimonials

Esquires law company provides services on a high level and has a team of professionals. The lawyers are extremely knowledgeable, client-oriented and accurate on details. The crucial strengths are a complex approach to client defence in courts in all jurisdictions in conjunction with engagement with governmental and non-governmental institutions.

Managing partner Oleksandr Shkelebey is a respectable specialist, who made the whole case work effectively with due responsibility. The executed work had great success and the team is worthy to work with. Oleksandr has charisma and true leadership skills.

Esquires is a very proficient law company that always meets the clients’ demands. In our case, Esquires have used a flexible approach with sophisticated strategy but with comprehensible results for the client.

Their competitive advantage is their complete preparation for any risks before a dispute arises.

They have acquired a brilliant reputation in defamation claims.

Esquires have a reputable and knowledgeable team of lawyers, who are worthy to work with. Managing partner and head of practice Oleksandr Shkelebey is a competitive and experienced specialist, who provides top services and practical solutions for plaintiffs as well as defendants.

Esquires is a very proficient and responsive law company that always meets the clients’ demands and handles matters with diligence.

Key clients

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY “D-TRADE 2015”

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY “DISELMASHSERVIS KR”

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY “TRADE-LOGISTIC COMPLEX “ARCTIC”

INTERRYBFLOT Corporation

LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY “IT EXPERT”

ICU Group

SOLUM LLC

Trade Complex ARKTIKA LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented a client’s interests as a third party with independent claims on the plaintiff’s side in a mortgage-related dispute with a bank.
  • Handling eight court disputes in order to protect D-Trade’s rights to real estate.
  • Representing Arktika logistics centre’s interests in more than 50 related litigation proceedings.

EVERLEGAL

EVERLEGAL has a large disputes practice that often works in tandem with international and national law firms, as well as the legal departments of major Ukrainian companies, on both litigation and arbitration. It handles banking, tax and corporate disputes, as well as commercial and employment matters. Andriy Porayko is the main partner and he frequently acts for clients in the banking, energy, agriculture, commercial real estate, FMCG, pharmaceuticals and sport sectors. He is best known for his expertise in complex banking disputes.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Porayko

Key clients

National Bank of Ukraine

PJSC Alfa-Bank

PJSC UkrsotsBank

PJSC UkrSibbank

OTP Bank

Investment company “Concorde Capital”

Resilient A.S.

Agromino

Thirdwave Ukraine, Kivshovata Agro

State joint-stock holding company “Artem”

Work highlights

  • Providing legal assistance to the National Bank of Ukraine and its employees in carrying out procedural actions within the framework of criminal proceedings and proceedings on cases of administrative offences in connection with the execution of their official duties.
  • Advised PJSC Alfa-Bank in more than 160 disputes with the bank’s borrowers (major Ukrainian companies and private individuals) for a total amount in excess of $14m.
  • Represented PJSC UkrsotsBank in more than 350 disputes with its borrowers for a total amount in excess of UAH200m.

Attorneys’ Association Gestors

Attorneys’ Association Gestors is recommended for corporate and financial services litigation, contentious takeover cases, M&A-related disputes, insolvency matters and commercial contracts. The firm also has experience in international arbitration proceedings both in Ukraine and abroad. Managing partner Andriy Tsvyetkov and key partners Vitalii Makhinchuk and Yevgen Zarudnyev are the key practitioners in the sizeable practice and they appear frequently in the administrative, economic and civil courts, as well as representing clients at all stages of enforcement procedures.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Tsvyetkov; Vitalii Makhinchuk; Yevgen Zarudnyev

Key clients

PJSC “Donetskoblgaz”

PJSC “SJSC “Chernomornaftogaz”

Product Association “OSCAR”

Ukrainian Media Holding, LLC

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Donetskoblgaz in court.
  • Acted for Chernomornaftogaz regarding controversial issues surrounding the return of the client’s vessel.
  • Representing the interests of Oscar during an anti-dumping investigation.

GOLAW

The litigation practice at GOLAW 'always searches for different, creative approaches'. Practice heads Valentyn Gvozdiy and Kateryna Manoylenko exhibit 'a high level of professionalism and commitment, and an individual approach with respect to the client's needs'. They frequently represent clients in disputes in the general, economic and administrative courts of all levels, as well as in international commercial disputes.

Practice head(s):

Valentyn Gvozdiy; Kateryna Manoylenko

Testimonials

The team always establishes an individual approach towards clients, trying to take into account their needs while developing a strategy and action plan. The team seems to share the same values and always searches for different, creative approaches.

They show a high level of professionalism and commitment, and an individual approach with respect to the client’s needs.

We like the in-depth knowledge and vast experience of the professionals, the ability to select and follow a winning strategy and their goal-oriented approach, as well as a track record of successful litigations.

Valentyn Gvozdiy, managing partner, leads the process of developing a legal position and strategy to protect the interests of clients in litigation proceedings. Kateryna Manoylenko chairs the dispute resolution practice and successfully represents the interests of her clients in complex and challenging litigation cases. She has a proven track record of successful disputes settlements. She is expert in out-of-court deals as well.

Key clients

Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation (EGAP)

Expobank

Galicia Distillery

GAP (Fiba Retail Group)

Zara (Inditex Group)

Massimo Dutti (Inditex Group)

Oysho (Inditex Group)

Pull & Bear (Inditex Group)

Stradivarius (Inditex Group)

Bershka (Inditex Group)

ProCredit Bank

Ukrsotsbank

Himagro

Work highlights

  • Acting for the Export Guarantee and Insurance Corporation, as a creditor, in relation to the bankruptcy of the Kuzminetskiy brick factory.
  • Representing Czech bank Expobank CZ in court proceedings against a debtor.
  • Acting for Expobank CZ in a claim for the recovery and further return of a $15m loan.

GORO legal

GORO legal 'responds quickly and offers non-standard solutions that help to achieve victory in the courts', remarks a client. Oleksandr Goroshynskyi and Dmytro Ovsiy are the two partners in the practice and they handle high-profile bribery and corruption cases, corporate rights disputes, debt recovery and real estate disputes. The team's clients come from key industries such as agriculture, heavy industry, banking and IT, and include Sport Life and Metro Cash and Carry.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Goroshynskyi; Dmytro Ovsii

Testimonials

GORO legal protected our interests in trials. The team responds quickly, works in a multi-tasking mode, and offers non-standard solutions that help to achieve victory in  the courts. The service of the team is client-oriented and the lawyers work effectively and quickly.

I would like to highlight Dmytro Ovsii. His qualification and responsibility helped our firm more than once.

The specialists at GORO legal law firm have shown themselves to be responsible and qualified partners. It is a good price for the services rendered.

Key clients

Rusmetali LTD

Sportlife

Metro Cash and Carry

BBC-Factoring LLC

Dneprspetsmash LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Rusmetali’s interests in an international debt recovery dispute.
  • Representing Sport Life’s interests in a raider attack dispute with Crystal Bank.
  • Representing BBC-Factoring LLC’s interests in a dispute with Terra Bank PJSC over foreclosure under a pledge agreement.

Hillmont Partners LLC

Hillmont Partners LLC has rapidly built up its roster of international clients since opening in Kiev, and it now counts Paris Euronext-listed companies, US-based companies and major Ukrainian businesses among its clients, including Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits, Argentem Creek Partners, Ukrenergo and ATB Supermarkets. Taras Tertychnyi has taken over the role of practice head following Vadym Halaichuk's departure to act as a Member of Parliament. Tertychnyi and Serhii Nyzhnyi are recommended for complex cross-jurisdictional disputes, including arbitration, litigation, investigations and asset recovery operations.

Practice head(s):

Serhii Nyzhnyi; Taras Tertychnyi

Testimonials

Hillmont’s litigation team and finance team work closely together and develop innovative recovery strategies.

We have a specific experience of cooperation with James Hart and Taras Tertychnyi. Both of them stand out for their understanding of complex insolvency issues.

Hillmont appears to have a diverse and balanced team of litigation specialists covering different areas of dispute resolution, from criminal law to IP disputes.

Taras Tertychnyi has a wealth of experience in cross-border disputes, which is very helpful in cases when you have to bring together and coordinate legal teams from different jurisdictions. His strategic and systematic approach to case management provides endurance and consistency, which is particularly relevant in complex, long-term disputes.

A high level of professionalism provides the unique possibility of dispute resolution in different cases and areas.

The practice is known for its high-quality advice, excellent organisation and a scrupulous approach to clients’ needs.

James Hart is one of the strongest players in dispute resolution in Ukraine.

The team’s strength is its creativity. It takes an individual approach to each client which makes this practice unique.

Outstanding professionalism makes them different from competitors.

Hillmont’s ability to navigate the dispute resolution environment in the region is second to none. They often enable swift and satisfactory results through a highly motivated team.

James Hart provides extremely high-level advice in this field. His understanding of the issues facing dispute resolution in the region allows him to provide a proactive and pragmatic approach, often limiting the possibility of prolonged litigation.

The team comes up with practical solutions in debt recovery situations.

James Hart and Olha Stakheyeva-Bogovyk have been particularly strong, combining knowledge of insolvency and restructuring that I haven’t seen at other firms.

The team is relatively newly assembled but works closely and well together, which means that they are able to take on complex cases and keep all the different angles covered.  Analysis of the case and how it will fit into the Ukrainian legal framework is excellent and they make sure clients understand the timeframes, documentary requirements and other relevant items, which is wonderful. It is clear that their understanding of and interaction with the courts is excellent and their results for me have been exemplary.

Taras Tertychnyi as lead partner on my case is always available and produces a lot of timely and relevant analysis allowing me as the client to understand fully how different strategies might work.  He additionally takes time to explain  the nuance of an approach and has a very approachable style.

Hillmont Partners’ team is always coordinated, regardless of what team member consults me or prepares individual documents at a particular moment. Hillmont Partners’ services are extremely unified and consistent. I get what I expect.

I can’t fail to note that lawyers often suggest non-standard, but effective and economically efficient strategies to protect my interests, which favourably distinguishes them from other lawyers.

As a client of Hillmont Partners, I often communicate with Serhii Nyzhnyi and head of practice of administrative and tax law Igor Pugaiko. Also, my employees regularly communicate with Lyudmila Boyko and Serhii Stretovich. My colleagues and I have extremely positive emotions from communication and cooperation with these experts, since all issues are resolved on time and professionally. I want to note that all these experts follow the general  principles and never promise what they are not able to do or what is impossible, based on objective reasons.

My cooperation with this company and its individual experts is characterised by predictability and frankness, which greatly contributes to stable business development and makes it possible to plan your business activities as safely and efficiently as possible.

Key clients

Donbasceramica LLC, Ukraine (Imerys Ceramics, France)

Argentem Creek Partners

Biogazenergo LLC

PJSC “Zaporizhskyi Vtormet”

Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits SA  (formerly known as Belvedere S.A., France)

PRIVATE JOINT-STOCK COMPANY «KYIV RIVER PORT»

«DELTA WILMAR SND» LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY

Coveris Rigid Polska (Paccor Polska) LLC

NPC Ukrenergo

AlixPartners

ATB Supermarkets

Foxtrot Group

PUBLIC JOINT-STOCK COMPANY «SHAKHTA IMENI O. F. ZASYADKA»

«Tritel» LLC

PJSC “Zaporizhskyi Vtormet”

Kvartal 95

Work highlights

  • Representing Donbasceramica LLC (Imerys Ceramics) in the commercial and administrative courts of Ukraine in the protection of rights to subsoil use for mining kaolin.
  • Representing Biogazenergo in a dispute with the National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Public Utilities in relation to the suspension of an electrical power generation licence.
  • Representing the interests of Marie Brizard Wine & Spirits SA, the largest creditor, in the commercial court in the bankruptcy proceedings of the owner of an alcohol manufacturing facility.

KPD Consulting Law Firm

Clients of KPD Consulting Law Firm recommend the firm for its 'high level of professional competence, in-depth expertise and great experience'. The sizeable practice is led by Igor Kalitventsev, who has 'great experience and expertise, as well as organisational skills', and has particular strength in domestic leasing disputes, acting for lessors in high-value cases.

Practice head(s):

Igor Kalitventsev

Testimonials

Attorneys of KPD Consulting show a high level of professional competence, in-depth expertise in the assigned tasks, good knowledge of the subject, and  great experience. KPD Consulting lawyers are focused on achieving the desired result and keep clients informed on time and in a clear way about the stages of the work done as well.

Igor Kalitventsev has great experience and expertise, as well as the organisational skills to manage a team of attorneys and the firm as a whole. I also want to mention attorneys Yevhen Litvinov and Viktor Ivaniuk, who perfectly demonstrated their skills in litigation.

Key clients

ING Bank Ukraine JSC

C.P. Intertrade Co. LTD

Porsche Leasing Ukraine LLC

Porsche Mobility LLC

Ipax Ukraine LLC

Flesh LLC

Association «Ukrainian Union of Lessors»

Ukraine Industrial Project LLC

Baltek ST LLC

Bionorica SE

UA-Budservis LLC

Stitching Administratiekantoor NEMS  Company

Doctor Filin LLC

Sistem-Fort LLC

Steiner Ukraine LLC

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented Porsche Mobility LLC in a UAH115m dispute against debtors in the civil and commercial state courts.
  • Successfully represented ING Bank JSC in a dispute against debtors in the civil court.
  • Representing C.P. Intertrade Co. in the commercial state court in a dispute with a debtor.

KPMG Law in Ukraine

KPMG Ukraine has a growing and varied workload of high-value cases. Best known for tax disputes, the firm also handles a broad range of commercial litigation, including land disputes and cases concerning dividend distribution. Head of tax and legal Sergey Popov and head of legal Yuriy Katser are the main practitioners. Clients remark that the firm is 'thorough and creative' and that Katser is 'quick on his feet'.

Practice head(s):

Sergey Popov; Yuriy Katser

Testimonials

Yuriy Katser had great support from his team. In general, we had a great feeling that in working with Yuriy we worked with his whole team at KPMG.

Counsel Yaroslav Cheker kept in constant communication and provided outstanding support to Yuriy at all stages of the proceedings.

The KPMG team is thorough and creative. Yuriy Katser is quick on his feet, an excellent analyst and has perfect grace under pressure.

The firm provided a very thorough analysis of the case, and the strengths and weaknesses of the counterparty, as well as showing strategic thinking and attention to details.

Key clients

CTPark Lviv, LLC

Codelouf Limited

Belorussian Oil Company

BNH Ukraine, LLC

AMIC Aviation Ukraine, LLC

CCEC-Ukraine, LLC

Herbovital 2-S.R.L.

LLC DELIGHT

Representative Office of UCB Pharma GmbH

LLC ACP Ukraine

PJSC RUBEZHNOYE CARDBOARD PACKAGE MILL

LLC CEMENT

PJSC Ferrexpo Poltava Mining

Work highlights

  • Successfully represented CTPark Lviv, LLC in an extremely complicated land dispute relating to changing official data in the state records of land plots.
  • Acting for Codelouf Limited in a claim for outstanding dividends from one of the biggest Ukrainian oil and gas companies.
  • Represented the interests of AMIC Aviation Ukraine, LLC in a commercial dispute initiated by Ukraine International Airlines against the client.

Lavrynovych & Partners Law Firm

Lavrynovych & Partners Law Firm handles a wide range of disputes but is most frequently involved in high-value bankruptcy matters. Lead partner Stanislav Skrypnyck is highly regarded in this field and partner Arthur Kiyan is also recommended for bankruptcy, debt collection and international arbitration. The firm counts Rosprominvest and SkyBar among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Stanislav Skrypnyck

Key clients

Rosprominvest LLC

SkyBar LLC

Speztransservice LLC

Dresfond Invest Limited

Subsidiary Enterprise «Gamet Ukraine»

LLC “Zelenyi Hai”

Work highlights

  • Acting for Dresfond Invest Limited, as a creditor, in the registration of claims of creditors of CJSC Ostashkovsky leather factory in consequence of the $47m bankruptcy of the latter.
  • Preparing and filing of claims on behalf of Komunalka LLC for the purpose of collecting utility debts from tenants.
  • Handling a dispute for Rosprominvest LLC regarding the control of a property in the central part of Kiev.

Legal Alliance Company

Legal Alliance Company is praised for its 'professionalism and high ethical standards'. With a 25-year track record in dispute resolution, the firm has extensive experience in IP, tax, commercial and criminal cases. It frequently represents clients in the civil, criminal, commercial and administrative courts, and handles international commercial arbitration. Illya Kostin and Natalia Lavrenova, who demonstrates 'consistency and high-level diplomatic skills', lead a sizeable team which is also skilled in alternative dispute resolution techniques.

Practice head(s):

Illya Kostin; Natalia Lavrenova

Testimonials

Thanks to the professionalism and high ethical standards of the team, it was possible to provide effective representation of the company and significantly reduce the number of expenses.

Natalia Lavrenova shows consistency and high-level diplomatic skills.

Illya Kostin and the company’s professional team have demonstrated a high level of expertise in contractual relations and negotiations.

As usual, the attorneys of Legal Alliance Company demonstrated both a high degree of skill and high ethical standards, providing effective representation of the company. Trust, integrity and professional conduct should be mentioned among the key strengths of the team.

Key clients

Berlin Chemie

Boris Medical Clinic

Delta Medical

Glenmark

Jadran Galenski laboratorij d.d.

Lekhim

Swen Ingemar Hedestam

Pharma-Start LLC

DialService

Eureca Medical Foundation LLC

YURIA-PHARM LLC

Bazalt-Alternativa LLC

State Enterprise “USIE IZOTOP”

Unify Tracking LLC

Movi Health GmbX

BELUPO Lijekovi i kozmetika, d.d.

Work highlights

  • Representing the interests of a pharmaceutical company in relation to an unlawful decision of the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine.
  • Protecting the interests of an equipment distributor regarding compensation for damages and fines under a supply contract.
  • Protecting the interests of a supplier of construction materials regarding the return of illegally alienated shares that previously belonged to the client.

Marchenko Partners

Marchenko Partners' compact litigation practice continues to find itself involved in high-value matters for multinational clients. Team head Oleh Marchenko is dedicated solely to the practice of public international law, and he focuses on arbitration, ADR, investor-state disputes, WTO and international trade law, and regulatory and tax litigation. The firm increasingly acts as lead counsel in cross-border matters, though it also is a preferred partner for many international law firms in cases involving international public law.

Practice head(s):

Oleh Marchenko

Key clients

Philip Morris International Inc. (USA)

Philip Morris Global Brands Inc. (USA)

Philip Morris Brands Sarl (Switzerland)

Philip Morris Ukraine Private JSC

Lorraine McMahon (France)

Franklin McMahon (the USA and Canada)

Home Group S.A. (Luxembourg)

Morgan Furniture LLC (Ukraine)

LafargeHolcim (Switzerland)

Lafarge Ciment Moldova

Work highlights

  • Acting for the owners and US, Canadian and French investors and affiliated companies in an ongoing investor-state dispute and negotiations with Ukraine arising from unfair and expropriatory penalties imposed by the tax authorities of Ukraine against their local subsidiary Morgan Furniture.
  • Successfully acted as public international law counsel for Philip Morris International and affiliated companies in an investor-state dispute and negotiations with Ukraine concerning unfair and expropriatory tax claims and penalties imposed on Philip Morris Ukraine in connection with inward processing operations.
  • Acting for Lafarge Ciment Moldova, a subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, in an ongoing anti-dumping investigation initiated by the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine concerning imports into Ukraine of Portland cement manufactured by the client.

Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners

Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners has a strong track record in complex commercial, tax, IP, civil and family disputes. Its practice covers niche areas such as construction, real estate and land-related disputes, criminal cases and matters in the European Court of Human Rights, as well as handling a broad range of commercial litigation for domestic companies and the local subsidiaries of international brands. Managing partner Oleksandr Peremezhko leads a practice that is 'extraordinarily experienced and stands out for its knowledge and its fast reactions'.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Peremezhko

Testimonials

Oleksandr Peremezhko and Partners’ dispute resolution team is extraordinarily experienced and stands out for its knowledge and its fast and to-the-point reactions. They have a very complex, comprehensive and out-of-the-box approach when dealing with a case.

Oleksandr Peremezhko as managing partner always sees cases through and makes sure the best results are achieved. He is not only a great attorney, but also has an impressive business understanding and analytical approach to each and every task he handles. Evgeniy Usick is always available and fast to respond if we have any question. He is sharp and effective. Murad Abakarov should also be recognised as a competent and intelligent attorney.

The firm has been our well-trusted consultant in dispute resolution procedures. The level of service at Oleksandr Peremezhko and Partners is truly remarkable. The lawyers are bright and quick-witted. The advice is comprehensive and well-thought-out.

Oleksandr Peremezhko leads the advice and always keeps his finger on the pulse. We would also single out Evgeniy Usick and Murad Abakarov.

Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners is oriented exclusively to a high level of service and positive results. The team is motivated and professional, has speedy response times and excellent business knowledge. The firm provides thoughtful and timely advice at appropriate prices. Oleksandr Peremezhko & Partners maintained the excellent and professional level of its service throughout the entire time of our cooperation.

Oleksandr Peremezhko, managing partner, is a brilliant attorney with exceptional business sense. Oleksandr possesses a vast wealth of experience and knowledge. Murad Abakarov also stands out as a diligent and responsible expert in his field.

Key clients

BERHSKA UKRAINE LLC

OYSHO UKRAINE LLC

KOMPANION FINANCE LLC

GREENWOOD GROUP LLC

ARRICANO REAL ESTATE LLC

NOVUS UKRAINE LLC

UKRMISTANTYKOR LLC

TRADE HOUSE “KAMAZ” LLC

WELESGARD LLC

INTELLECTUAL SYSTEMS LLC

UKRKINOINVEST LLC

BRIDGE MASTIC ASPHALT ENGINEERING LLC

NATIONAL DOVZHENKO FILM STUDIO

GALS-K

KINOVYROBNYCHYI KOMPLEX LLC

IPR GROUP, PATENT AND TRADEMARK ATTORNEYS BUREAU

SVIT AGROTECHNOLOGIY LLC

B&H PJSC

PROFI LAB LLC

COMPANY INEX UKR PARKET

BORSAN LLC

LE DOYEN LLC

SHARP ELECTRONICS UKRAINE LLC

EKSMO PUBLISHING HOUSE

SPN COMMUNICATIONS

KAISER PARTNER TRUST SERVICES ANSTALT

PROFIMPORT LLC

GALYNA VYSHNEVSKA

CARLTON TRADING UKRAINE LLC

CARLTON TRADING LTD.

MYSLYVSKE GOSPODARSTVO “KYIVSKE” LLC

RYBALSKIY CLUB “ROMANIVSKIY” LLC

UKRAINIAN FILM DISTRIBUTION

GEMINI LLC

BUMET LLC

Work highlights

  • Acting for Carlton Trading Ukraine and Carlton Trading in a high-profile $520,000 case regarding the protection of foreign investments.
  • Acting for Myslyvske Gospodarstvo “Kyivske” in a case concerning the protection of the client’s right to use hunting areas.
  • Representing the interests of a depositor at a Crimea branch of a Ukrainian bank after annexation of the Crimean Peninsula by the Russian Federation.

Pavlenko Legal Group

Clients of Pavlenko Legal Group appreciate its 'sincere communication, the ability to handle difficult projects with a public component, and absence of fear in disputes with the state'. Litigation is the firm's core practice and it handles tax, banking and finance, real estate and general commercial litigation for a large number of domestic clients, as well as some international businesses. Head of dispute resolution and business protection Vitaliy Burdak and key partner Oleksandra Sasina are the main practitioners in the sizeable practice.

Practice head(s):

Vitaliy Burdak; Oleksandra Sasina

Testimonials

Dispute resolution is the key practice of this firm. They are able to solve a situation of any complexity and work for the result while other firms try to lengthen the process and get money. We appreciate greatly the open and sincere communication on the cases, the ability to handle difficult projects with a public component and the absence of fear in disputes with the state. Sometimes their work on projects creates a new judicial practice in Ukraine.

First of all, we want to single out Vitaliy Burdak, who is now the managing partner. Vitaliy is also the head of the judicial practice in Pavlenko Legal Group. He is a well known attorney in Ukraine, who is client-oriented and creative. When we resort to Vitaliy’s help, we know that we will receive the result we want.

Oleksandra Sasina is a brilliant attorney and a specialist in dispute resolution and government relations. She has great experience and she can solve disputes effectively owing to excellent communication skills.

Hrygoriy Pavlenko and Irina Stoliarchuk are also outstanding young lawyers worth mentioning.

Good prices, a strong team of lawyers and only non-standard proposals. They always get positive results in all court processes.

Very informative partners, very deep knowledge in the banking field, low prices, fast feedback – a win/win strategy.

I am convinced that the dispute resolution practice in Pavlenko Legal Group is one of the most qualified and client-oriented among Ukrainian law firms. I appreciate its case-by-case approach, great understanding of business processes and high quality of legal advice. Attorneys use non-standard legal tools in order to protect their clients’ rights and they are not afraid of creating new legal positions in judicial practice.

Vitaliy Burdak is the head of dispute resolution. His strength is the ability to conduct negotiations brilliantly and help parties to resolve their dispute and reach mutually beneficial agreements. Moreover, Vitaliy is an excellent strategist and focuses on business protection.

Partner Oleksandra Sasina is highly specialised in complex disputes with state bodies. Attorney Hrygoriy Pavlenko is an expert on economic and administrative disputes and has profound expertise in judicial disputes in the sphere of public procurement. Irina Stoliarchuk specialises in protecting clients’ interests in banking and financial disputes and also uses mediation procedures to resolve disputes.

Key clients

Foreign-invested JSC Gastransit

Dneprometiz PJSC (as part of TAS Group)

Ukrtelecom JSC

OTP Bank JSC

LLC “Financial Company “Central Capital”

K Invest LLC

OTP Leasing LLC

Uni Cert LLC

Private Enterprise “Volzhanka”

Work highlights

  • Representing UniCert’s interests in five court cases regarding the theft of corporate rights on the basis of counterfeit documents.

PwC Legal

PwC Legal is best known for its work on tax disputes, but it also handles a broad scope of commercial litigation and arbitration and criminal matters. Dmytro Donets leads the dispute resolution practice, while Zhanna Brazhnyk heads the tax litigation team. The firm counts multinational companies Syngenta, Cargill and LG Electronics among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Dmytro Donets

Testimonials

We appreciate the competence of the specialists.

The PwC Legal team combines professional lawyers, tax advisers, auditors and other professional which enables the client to enjoy the full scope of services. Once addressing PwC Legal, the client has access to comprehensive professional advice with due assessment of risks arising out of the transactions envisaged. In addition, PwC Legal, being integrated into the worldwide network, is able to rely on the successful experience of other markets and implement a non-standard, tailored approach in complicated cases.

Dmytro Donets is definitely one of the most prominent professionals on the Ukrainian market, combining wide experience in private legal practice and in government office. A brilliant lawyer constantly demonstrating a true devotion to clients’ affairs.

They provide prompt support and business-oriented advice.

Key clients

Joint-stock Bank “PRAVEXBANK” (Intesa Sanpaolo GROUP)

Syngenta

Cargill

Archer Daniels – ADM

LG Electronics Ukraine

Google

Louis Dreyfus

Coca Cola

BAT

Pfizer

Work highlights

  • Advised on initiating the appropriate legislative changes to launch an open farmland market in Ukraine, which involved filing a lawsuit against the existing moratorium on the sale of agricultural land.
  • Protected a multinational company from sanctions imposed by the State Fiscal Service.

Redcliffe Partners

At Redcliffe Partners, practice head Sergiy Gryshko handles investment arbitration and joint venture and M&A disputes, as well as international commercial arbitration in the energy, construction, infrastructure, pharmaceutical, banking and finance, insurance and telecoms sectors. The firm frequently acts for multinational companies, investors, financial institutions and project developers operating and investing in Ukraine. Ukrnafta and JPMorgan Securities are among its key clients.

Practice head(s):

Sergiy Gryshko

Key clients

Ukrnafta

JPMorgan Securities

EBRD

NEFCO

SPENSERS

SPENSERS handles a wide variety of work that ranges from debt collection to Supreme Court matters concerning contractual obligations undertaken by the local state authorities of temporarily occupied territories of Ukraine. Its recent work includes the recovery of laundered funds, high-value multi-jurisdictional commercial litigation and significant matters for banks. Valentyn Zagariya and Sergiy Pushko are the main partners in the sizeable practice.

Practice head(s):

Valentyn Zagariya; Sergiy Pushko

Work highlights

  • Advised an exporter, importer and manufacturer of electric appliances in the CIS on cases involving a VAT refund and $52,000 worth of fines.
  • Advised a client on a precedent-setting dispute with a Belarusian manufacturer of household appliances.
  • Representing a client in a precedent-setting case over the transfer of contractual obligations undertaken by the local state authorities of temporarily occupied territories before the occupation of such territories to the central government authorities.

VB PARTNERS

VB PARTNERS handles economic, administrative and civil disputes in Ukraine and in foreign jurisdictions. The firm frequently defends the interests of clients with shares in joint-stock companies and acts in complex cases relating to corporate governance, rights to land and real estate. Its client base is made up of shareholders and top managers of large Ukrainian businesses, multinational corporations, banks, foreign investors, key government officials and private clients. Head of dispute resolution Volodymyr Vashchenko and key partner Denys Bugay are the main practitioners.

Practice head(s):

Vladimir Vashchenko; Denys Bugay

Key clients

KIT Yekaterinburg shopping mall

Nykolaevsky Alumina Plant

Mriya agroholding

Shareholders of Premium Commercial Bank PJSC

Svitland Development Ltd

Shareholders of Delta Bank Ukraine PJSC

Shareholders of Delta Bank Belarus

Commercial Bank “Khreschatyk” PJSC

Shareholder of Terra Bank, PJSC

Prosperity Capital Management

Work highlights

  • Advising Khreshchatyk Commercial Bank PJSC in litigation related to an appeal against the decision taken by the National Bank of Ukraine on recognising the bank as insolvent.
  • Representing the interests of the shareholder of Khreshchatyk Commercial Bank PJSC in litigation related to an appeal of the decisions taken by the National Bank of Ukraine and the Deposit Guarantee Fund on the liquidation of this bank.
  • Representing the interests of the shareholder of Delta Bank Belarus JSC in an ICSID investment dispute over compensation for losses associated with the nationalisation of businesses in the territory of the Republic of Belarus.

Wolf Theiss

Wolf Theiss has a small litigation practice but it acts for an impressive multinational client base in high-value cross-border matters. Among its clients are Apple and Aviva. Taras Dumych leads the practice, which acts for both international and leading Ukrainian companies in disputes in Ukraine and abroad. It frequently opposes governmental authorities and agencies on behalf of foreign and domestic investors.

Practice head(s):

Taras Dumych

Key clients

ThyssenKrupp

SHID XXI

Aviva Insurance

Apple

Work highlights

  • Representing ThyssenKrupp in a dispute with a local customer who defaulted on payment for the supplied thread-rolling machines.
  • Representing ThyssenKrupp in a dispute with a local customer who defaulted on payment for the supplied steel production.
  • Advising Aviva with respect to the prospects of pursuing a claim in Ukraine against a Ukraine-based company manufacturing extraction fans.

Absolute

Absolute, which has offices in Dnipro and Kiev, handles a rage of cases in the economic, civil and administrative courts, as well as in the Supreme Court of Ukraine. Noted for its tax litigation practice, the firm has a strong flow of work in key areas such as bankruptcy and debt collection. Oleksandr Bondarchuk, Oleksandr Hladii and Iryna Zemliana lead the practice, which frequently acts for clients in the financial and manufacturing sectors.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Bondarchuk; Oleksandr Hladii; Iryna Zemliana

Key clients

PJSC «FUIB»

PJSC «OTP Bank»

LLC “Financial company “Mustang Finance”

State Enterprise «Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant named after A.M. Makarov”

LLC “DMZ Kominmet”

Dnipro sports and sailing and cultural and ethnographic club “Sich”

Work highlights

  • Representing the interests of PJSC “FUIB” as a creditor in the bankruptcy case of LLC “Bakery Saltovskiy”.
  • Acted on a debt collection case of $3.2m for LLC “DMZ Kominmet”.
  • Representing the interests of State Enterprise “Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant named after A.M. Makarov” in a debt collection case for $1.6m.

Andriy Kravets & Partners

At Andriy Kravets & Partners, dispute resolution is the core practice area and the firm is well known for its work in the real estate and construction sectors. The practice's two partners, Andriy Kravets and Vladyslav Lyaskovskiy, represent clients in the International Court of Commercial Arbitration at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Ukraine, as well as in other international arbitration institutions, such as the ICC, the Arbitration Institute of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce and the London Court of International Arbitration.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Kravets; Vladyslav Lyaskovskiy

Key clients

Kyivvodokanal

Work highlights

  • Represented the interests of Kyivvodokanal in the courts of all jurisdictions.

Ante Law Firm

Clients praise the 'practical and efficient approach' of Ante Law Firm and recommend 'goal-oriented, very practical and efficient' practice head Andriy Guck. Much of firm's caseload concerns the interests of corporate clients in the aviation, medical devices and pharmaceuticals industries, including international companies such as Sanofi-Aventis, Lufthansa and British Airways.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Guck

Testimonials

The firm has a practical and efficient approach.

Andriy Guck is a goal-oriented, very practical and efficient professional. You get value for money.

It has a dedicated team of litigation professionals who are perfect in applying the most innovative ideas aimed at protecting clients’ lawful interests, and are able to effectively work with newly implemented procedural rules. They provide an exceptional customer-oriented and balanced approach to billing.

Andriy Guck is easily available and personally handles clients’ matters, ensuring high quality and following customer needs.

Key clients

Sanofi-Aventis LLC

Zdravo LLC

Lufthansa AG

Austrian Airlines

Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C.

British Airways plc

DFU Agro LLC

Dan-Farm LLC

Emirates

Ernest S.p.A.

 

Tyche Tours LLC

Work highlights

  • Representing Sanofi-Aventis Ukraine in a counterparty’s unlawful claim regarding the collection of €1.6m.
  • Representing DFU Agro (a big Ukrainian pig farm with Danish investments) in a case regarding rights for real estate.
  • Representing DFU Agro in a case regarding the illegal blocking of crop harvesting.

Antika Law Firm

Antika Law Firm has 'strong expertise in dispute resolution and the advice is comprehensive, to the point and very results oriented'. Managing partner Alexey Kot and experienced corporate partner and litigator Andrey Kuznetsov lead the practice, in which Maxim Korchagin is recommended for both litigation and arbitration. The firm handles a range of contentious matters but is best known for its work in disputes concerning the oil-and-gas extraction industry.

Practice head(s):

Alexey Kot; Andrey Kuznetsov

Testimonials

Antika has a strong expertise in dispute resolution. Their advice is comprehensive and to the point. They are very result oriented. They are strong in their knowledge of the nuances of procedural law.

Sergii Kornienko is client-oriented and gives his team the right guidance to reach the desired outcome.

Maxim Korchagin has very strong expertise. He is passionate about reaching the desired outcome.

Antika’s team is distinguished on the market for its exceptionally good and accurate practical advice in different areas of practice.

Antika has a responsive, commercially minded and professional team that is able to address the issue and reach the best result. Antika has a reputation for quality.

First of all, Antika has a team of true legal experts who have proved their loyalty to the client. We would like to give prominence to the managing partner Alexey Kot. He has extensive knowledge in different areas of law. His strategy of protecting clients’ interests, particularly in the International Commercial Arbitration Court at the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, is perfect. Partner Maxim Korchagin has deep knowledge and is characterised by strategic thinking.

The firm has a client-oriented and proactive approach.

We value the firm as a reliable partner with a high level of expertise and client orientation.

Key clients

Insurance Company “Persha”, PJSC

Tutkovsky Integrated Solutions, LLC

Agrolife “OLG”, LLC

Association of users of hunting and fishing farms, PU

Ibis, LLC

AWT Bavaria, LLC

Nadra Ukrainy, SE NJSC

Ukrnafta, PJSC

Henkel Bautechnik (Ukraine), LCC

NASOSENERGOMASH Pump & Power

Engineering Works Sumy, PJC

Imperial Tobacco Ukraine, SC

ArcelorMittal Kryvyi Rih, РJSC

Alliance Holding (group of companies Shell), LLC

Chenomornaftogaz

Pinsent Masons, LLP

Work highlights

  • Represented Chenomornaftogaz during the process of settling a dispute with insurance companies regarding the distribution of compensation paid for damages caused by the “Naftogaz-97” crash in Hong Kong port.

Ario Law Firm

Ario Law Firm has 'creative team of hard workers and great strategists'. Managing partner Oleksii Voronko and senior partner Julian Khorunzhyi lead a practice that protects businesses and high-net-worth individuals from the illegal acts of third parties. They have successfully represented public figures including the mayors of Lviv, Mykolayv and Skadovsk. The team also acts for a range of corporate clients, among which are Electronic Auctions of Ukraine and Avtodom.

Practice head(s):

Oleksii Voronko; Julian Khorunzhyi

Testimonials

The team has excellent communication  skills. They are always ready for court hearings and they will solve your problem effectively.

creative team of hard workers and great strategists.

In cooperation with Ario Law Firm, I saw team spirit, collaboration of practices, deep expertise and understanding of all sides of the problem.

They are flexible, they all have good communication skills, and they are the real experts.

Ario Law Firm demonstrates a highly systematic approach to generating any legal solution. They have deep knowledge in different legal fields, covering both Ukrainian and foreign legislation. Ario is involved in legal process development at state level.

This practice helps us to get detailed analysis of issues with several solutions, and to get unified consultation and then apply this legal opinion in a number of countries, as we are an international company. Also, the decision on any legal issue is made not by one specialist, but by the whole team. That is a very important fact, especially in the development of complex legal opinions and decisions. Ario has an excellent professional team.

The desire to understand problematic isues, an informal approach to resolving issues, and accessibility 24/7 make it possible to respond quickly to risks and problems. This is important for us since the central office is located in the US and the time difference is significant. They provide professionalism, orientation in different legislative fields and deep systematic analysis. They are very responsive. I had a great experience with Julian Khorunzhyi and I was very much impressed by his professionalism, ability to explain the legislation in an approachable way and innovative thinking. 

Key clients

Lviv Municipal Enterprise Lvivteploenergo

Electronic Auctions of Ukraine LLC

JSC AB Ukoopspilka

Ms. Zhanara Akhmetova

Avtodom LLC

Kyivrekonstruktsiya PJSC

State Enterprise Pishchanskiy quarry

ZEON LLC

Lysychanskiy Glass Factory “Proletariy” PJSC

PJSC Hotel Complex Lybid

Samopomich

Work highlights

  • Representing the interests of Lviv Municipal Enterprise Lvivteploenergo in a $ 1.1m dispute with Energorynok.
  • Representing the interests of Kyivrekonstruktsiya PJSC in criminal proceedings and bankruptcy procedures.
  • Representing the interests of JSC AB Ukoopspilka in a $2.9m dispute with the Deposit Guarantee Fund.

Dynasty Law Firm

Dynasty Law Firm has extensive experience in both litigation and arbitration, with many cases in the banking and finance, agriculture and industrial sectors. Evhenyy Smiyukha in Dnipro and Antonina Selivanova in Kiev are the two most prominent partners in the firm. They count large domestic companies such as Ukroboronprom, Agroservice and Ukrselhozprom among their clients.

Practice head(s):

Evhenyy Smiyukha; Selivanova Antonina

Key clients

PJSC “PKF Ukrselhozprom”

LLC “Centre-Agro-Trade”

LLC “YK Pravochyn”

LLC “Potoki”

LLC “Yuzhstroycontract”

State Concern “Ukroboronprom”

State-owned enterprise Scientific-Productive Complex “Iskra”

LLC “Novovodolajskiy hlebopriemnii punkt”

LLC “Production Association “Agroservice”

LLC “Progress-Agro”

LLC “Production Steel Company”

LLC “Ukrstaffing”

LLC “Agro-Oven”

ECOVIS Bondar & Bondar Law Bureau

ECOVIS Bondar & Bondar Law Bureau represents clients in high-profile disputes, primarily in the aviation industry of Ukraine. Its track record includes a number of complex, multimillion-dollar cases related to the violation of competition legislation in that sector. Oleg Bondar is the lead partner and he counts major domestic companies such as Ukraine International Airlines, Interavia and Aerohandling among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Oleg Bondar

Key clients

Ukraine International Airlines

Interavia LLC

Aerohandling LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented Ukraine International Airlines in a number of disputes with the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the State Aviation Service of Ukraine in connection with the illegal recovery of state aviation charges.

Gramatskiy&Partners

Gramatskiy&Partners frequently handles claims against banks, financial institutions and tax authorities relating to land, labour, credit and mortgage issues, as well as debt recovery. The practice is led by Andriy Trembich, who handles both domestic and cross-border commercial disputes, and business protection specialist Oleksandr Koval, who deals with corporate, administrative, civil, economic and criminal matters. Among the team's clients are Danfoss TOV, City Capital Group and Seven Hills Group.

Practice head(s):

Andriy Trembich; Oleksandr Koval

Key clients

Ditrans LLC

Danfoss TOV

City Capital Group

Seven Hills Group

IT Enterprise LLC

Smarttender LLC

SKS

PE General Construction

PJSC Plant Keramik

PJSC Plant Quant

YustService LLC

GRAAL LLC

Lavinia LLC

TC Chokolate, New Complex LLC

Work highlights

  • Represented PE Vesta and PE Accord in a $1.5m dispute against the Prosecutor’s Office of Kyiv Region regarding the vindication of land plots.
  • Represented PE Vesta in its $700,000 dispute against a private person regarding the vindication of a land plot.
  • Represented PE Acord in its $700,000 dispute against a private person regarding the vindication of a land plot.

ILF Law Firm

ILF Law Firm focuses on debt recovery and the protection of clients' assets - real estate, land, corporate rights and business reputation - and it has a strong track record of cases in the European Court of Human Rights. The firm's litigation partner Olexiy Kharytonov is active in protecting the interests of Ukrainians within the disputed territories in the eastern part of the country. He also counts multinationals such as BASF and Volvo among his clients.

Practice head(s):

Olexiy Kharytonov

Key clients

Volvo, LLC

Cereal Ukraine

Nuctech Company Limited

Shahova O.

Tourist and Health Center New World

Eco-Stilstroy, LLC

MUNICIPAL COMPANY “KHARKIVODODOKANAL”

VOLYN REGION ALLIANCE OF CONSUMER SOCIETIES

Limited Liability Company “DIADEM BUTTERFLY”

Kharkovproject Institute

BASF LL

Jurline

Jurline in Odessa is 'a well run and professional firm'. It is active in corporate, tax, construction, maritime and investment disputes in the state courts, as well as in international commercial arbitration. It is one of the few regional firms in Ukraine to have experience in arbitration cases under the rules of associations such as GAFTA, FOSFA, the LCIA and the LMAA. Vitaliy Cherkes is the firm's lead litigator.

Practice head(s):

Vitaliy Cherkes

Testimonials

‘It is a well-run and professional firm. The lawyers speak excellent English and have a good understanding of offshore work. They are highly responsive.

Key clients

TIS-Grain Ltd

TIS-Mindobryva Ltd

Illichivsk Grain Terminal

Odesa Factory of Construction Finishing Machines

ZARS LLC

TIS-Container Terminal

TIS-Ruda

Arus Trade LLC

Baltic Control Ukraine Ltd

Work highlights

  • Represented a large agricultural company in a series of disputes with state authorities and transport suppliers.
  • Represented the interests of a trans-shipment terminal in a dispute against the Ukrainian Sea Ports Authority.
  • Represented a trans-shipment company in a series of disputes against the Prosecutor’s Office of the Odessa Region.

Law Firm Legal Guarantees

The dispute resolution practice at Law Firm Legal Guarantees benefits from the in-house experience of several of its lawyers in various government bodies, including the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and the Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine. Its work focuses on protecting the interests of business entities from government actions. Oleksii Kominarets leads a three-partner team that counts VTB Bank and Socar Energy among its clients.

Practice head(s):

Oleksii Kominarets

Key clients

VTB Bank

Alfa Bank

Parallel

Amic Energy

Socar Energy

WOG

OTP Bank

Work highlights

  • Applying an alternative strategy for debt collection from a group of commercial companies on behalf of OTP Bank.
  • Handled the protection of property rights in a land dispute for Vivian Corporation.
  • Handled the protection of property rights of a foreign investor.

LEGRANT LAW COMPANY

LEGRANT LAW COMPANY in Odessa specialises in maritime law and international trade, ports and terminals, litigation and arbitration, as well as in tax law and business protection. The litigation team led by Tatyana Titarenko and senior lawyer Danil Hristich practises both Ukrainian and English law and frequently represents clients' interests in disputes under the rules of trade associations GAFTA and FOSFA.

Practice head(s):

Tatyana Titarenko; Danil Hristich

Testimonials

This company has a team of highly professional lawyers. Their level is the highest on our market, as is their dedication to sea law and transport companies.

Tatyana Titarenko has great management skills and deep knowledge of law. She is in charge of every case of their practice.

Danil Hristich provides great customer service and a high speed of reaction.

If you deal with Legrant, you shouldn’t worry, because your case is in the right hands. It is a trustworthy company, which cares about its reputation.

Danil Hristich demonstrated perfect preparedness. I saw only the most exceptional level of conduct and tenacity during our trial. I think he is one of the best Ukrainian lawyers in dispute resolution.

It has good knowledge of the authorities’ set-up and their officials.

We like its professionalism and out-of-the-box thinking.

Usually, due to their professional approach we settle disputes without litigation, thus saving time and costs. Our business is 24/7 and invariably problems often arise out of normal office hours. Furthermore, whenever we have had need of legal intervention, the Legrant team has always been available and ready to react and such reliability, responsibility and high-level expertise is of paramount importance.

In most cases, we communicate with both Tatyana Titarenko and Danil Hristich and they make a formidable combination. Due to Tatyana’s strong management skills, over and above legal advice, we also consider her as a business partner who always works in our very best interests. Danil’s extensive experience in dispute resolution, combined with his excellent knowledge of English contractual law, makes him an invaluable adviser.

Throughout our cooperation, thanks to the high level of professionalism of Legrant’s lawyers, we never had any doubts that disputes with our counterparties would be settled in our favour. This allowed us to focus on our main business. We strongly recommend Legrant as a legal firm you can rely on.

We have worked with several specialists of Legrant and among them we would like to single out Danil Hrystich, who specialises in English law and arbitration, primarily under GAFTA. His assessment of the situation even at the initial stage of familiarisation with the case was exceptionally sharp. Moreover, in the course of our interaction we were pleasantly surprised with his systematic approach, strict attitude towards deadlines and full control of the situation. Also, we would like to emphasise the role of managing partner Tatyana Titarenko, who was always aware of our situation and helped us not only in administrative issues, but also counselled us as an excellent law expert. We say it once again: you can always lean on Legrant.

It is great that there are such law companies like Legrant that can be fully trusted and you don’t need to be afraid that the services will be provided unprofessionally. I can confidently recommend contacting Legrant.

We are completely satisfied with the quality and level of competence of Tatyana Titarenko, Legrant’s managing partner. Our case was in the hands of Danil Hrystich. His work deserves the highest grade. We recommend both of them as lawyers who can manage any task.

Our case was a complicated one, involving several different legal aspects. It is difficult to find experts in all of them in one firm in Ukraine. After several attempts, we were advised to contact Legrant. To our surprise, here they had all the necessary technical knowledge in house. By putting all of it together the team worked out a winning strategy for our case. We don’t think any other firm would have done it.

Our first impression of Legrant came from the first meeting with managing partner Tatyana and senior lawyer Danil. Their conduct and meticulosity in studying our case convinced us that this was exactly what we needed.

The main advantage of Legrant is its speed and readiness to help a client exactly when it’s needed and to start working immediately. These are invaluable qualities for the maritime field, when each delay means big losses.

First of all, we would like to underline that managing partner Tatyana Titarenko is a known expert in the ports industry and a great leader of her team. She demonstrates the highest level of professionalism in every case she deals with. We are also grateful to Danil, who is available 24/7 and always gives clear and specific recommendations.

I felt that this was the right choice as soon as I entered the office of Legrant. The spirit of professionalism is all around the place – the answers to my questions were always specific, to the point and relevant for my case. I knew I wasn’t their only client, of course, but they made me feel like I was. I highly appreciated the individual approach and the vast field of expertise of the Legrant team.

My go-to counterpart in Legrant is Daniil Hrystich, the senior lawyer. What I value the most is that he always made sure that he was available for me and aware of the smallest developments in proceedings. I knew he was in control of the situation and this made me confident in success – and I was right.

The firm has a good reputation and expertise in the marine market.’

Key clients

Black Sea Commodities

Vin-Orient LP

OLIMPEX COUPE INTERNATIONAL LTD

LLC “Brooklyn Kiev”

Vernon Shipping Ltd

Vtormetexport

Savoy Trading LP

Actava Trading DMCC

Smart Trade Overseas SA

CMA CGM SHIPPING AGENCIES UKRAINE

Inzernoexport

Work highlights

  • Settled a dispute on the non-presentation of a vessel under a GAFTA contract for a large foreign grain trader.  
  • Successfully represented the interests of Vin-Orient in a GAFTA arbitration.
  • Supported a large foreign grain trader in a case of non-payment for delivered cargo.

Marushko Law Office

'My "go-to" firm in Ukraine', says one client of Marushko Law Office. Another praises the firm's 'excellent legal service 24/7' and describes managing partner Iryna Marushko as 'a brilliant team leader'. While the team is small, it has been handling a growing workload of high-value litigation and arbitration cases, among which are matters arising from the occupation of Crimea. It acts for leading domestic and international clients, including Privatbank, Donetsksteel Iron and Steel Works and Hyundai.

Practice head(s):

Iryna Marushko

Testimonials

My “go-to” firm in Ukraine.

‘The firm provides an excellent legal service 24/7 and Iryna Marushko is a brilliant team leader.’

Key clients

JSC CB “Privatbank”

Private Joint-Stock Company “Colliery Group “Pokrovske”

Donetsksteel Iron and Steel Works PJSC

UAB FL Technics

Selepey, Volkovetsky & Partners

Selepey, Volkovetsky & Partners specialises in advising the owners of distressed assets on the revitalisation of these assets, which frequently involves litigation. It acts for large and mid-sized manufacturing companies, financial institutions, business owners, private investors and shareholders, and has been involved in a number of high-value disputes. Orest Dozhdzhaniuk and Andriy Selepey are the key partners.

Practice head(s):

Orest Dozhdzhaniuk; Andriy Selepey

Key clients

Polis

Kryvyi Rih Mining Machinery Plant

Work highlights

  • Acted for a Ukrainian private investor in the return and further collection of assets of Target supermarket chain.
  • Representing the interests of debt restructuring company Polis in the collection of a large debt portfolio with face value of $71m.
  • Represented the owner of regional retail chain Oskar in a case involving the collection and unfair sale of its retail facilities, with a value of $38.5m.

Skliarenko, Sydorenko and Partners

Skliarenko, Sydorenko and Partners has 'exceptional litigation lawyers' in Oleksandr Skliarenko and Andriy Trygub, who are 'very professional and client-oriented, and ready to help 24 hours a day'. The firm defends clients in criminal proceedings and in domestic disputes involving foreign parties. The team's workload includes administrative disputes, tax litigation, corporate disputes, investment disputes and white-collar crime.

Practice head(s):

Oleksandr Skliarenko; Andriy Trigub

Testimonials

They are exceptional litigation lawyers. It offers tier 1 expertise while bringing a lot more partner attention to the case.’

Oleksandr Skliarenko, managing partner, is the strategist. He provides very realistic case prospects, flawless communication and case management.

Ready to help 24 hours a day. They are very professional and client-oriented.

We closely work with Mr. Oleksandr Skliarenko, Mr. Andriy Sydorenko and Mr. Andriy Trihub. We have never doubted in their professional qualities. All questions are answered in detail and we always know how and which way to proceed.’

We appreciate the team’s top-notch experience in litigating disputes, keeping a strong focus on the commercial interests of the client’s business. The firm is very specialised and has a strong pool of litigation attorneys who would go the extra mile for the client. The quality of their documents is impressive.

Oleksandr Sydorenko, partner, exceeds expectations at every stage of criminal proceedings. He ensures client communication and case management, well exceeding the standards of a big full-service law firm.

Key clients

GRAWE UKRAINE Life Insurance, PrJSC

IDS Ukraine, PrJSC

Kreisel

Kvazar, PrJSC

Lifecell

Mama Music LLC

MONBAT UKRAINE/SMILE LTD

PaySpace Ukraine

Ukrgazbud

Work highlights

  • Represented a processing factory specialising in the production of pork offal in administrative court proceedings and enforcement proceedings against the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine relating to a UAH2.1m VAT refund.
  • Representing Ukrgasbud in a series of court proceedings against Chornomornaftogaz, a major state-owned oil and gas company, relating to a debt collection court case arising out of a general contractor agreement for the amount of UAH80m.

3 Verulam Buildings

SLA Attorneys, previously known as Semper Legal, is 'strong in dispute resolution, especially in the commercial court'. Clients praise the firm's 'reliability, competence, confidentiality, initiative and progressiveness'. Vadym Ivanov, Oleksii Volokhov and Roman Mykhailovskyi are the partners in a sizeable team that frequently handles cases in the agriculture, automotive, banking and finance, energy, environment, food industry, IT, media and advertising, natural resources, real estate and construction sectors.

Practice head(s):

Vadym Ivanov; Oleksii Volokhov; Roman Mykhailovskyi

Testimonials

Oleksii Volokhov and Mariia Ostafiichuk are good attorneys who make fast decisions.

The team of lawyers provided high-level support for our case in the court of the Donetsk region.

SLA Attorneys’ team is strong in dispute resolution, especially in the commercial courts. SLA lawyers work fast and make all the necessary preparations for court proceedings. We recommend this team as a professional one.

The key aspects of the company are reliability, competence, confidentiality, ongoing support, initiative and progressiveness.

I would like to note the managing partner, Vadym Ivanov, who can competently solve any task set for him and his company in a timely manner, or come to a meeting quickly and without extra costs solve our problems.

Key clients

DuPont

GalZhytloBud

Vir-ZahidBud

Sky Trade Ukraine

Real Estate Company

Nord Energy

ITG

Stalprommetiz

Centre of Clinical Research Ltd

Transcargo Services Ltd

NuWork

Polvax Ukraine

Vamed Ukraine

Work highlights

  • Represented DuPont Ukraine (Corteva Agriscience group) in its $900,000 debt collection case against Imperia-Agro.
  • Represented Nord Energy LLC in its $2.31m debt collection case against state company Cherkasy Oblavtodor.
  • Represented GalZhytloBud building company in its $12.3m administrative dispute with the State Architectural and Construction Inspection of Ukraine.